Festive flytipper now on Santa’s naughty list

Festive cheer has turned into festive “oh dear” for Christmas flytipper who has now been fined.

Christmas packaging, cardboard delivery boxes, plastic bags and other items were found by street cleaning staff in a layby on the A58 Wetherby Road.

They’d been left in between litter bins some time between Christmas 2012 and 3 January 2013 when staff went to empty the bins. The rubbish was blowing into nearby hedges and fields.

The dumper, Ross McCormack of Bardsey, was identified by enforcement officers who were called to investigate the offending items.

McCormack, was handed a £200 fine by Leeds magistrates today. He’s also been ordered to pay £883.25 in costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment, said:

“Our recycling centres are open throughout the festive period to specifically allow people to recycle the extra waste that’s created at that time of year. In fact, our recycling centres only shut three days a year.

“While the items in this case may have been left by litter bins with the misdirected idea that they’d be picked up as litter, this is a simple case of flytipping. Litter bins are for litter, not household waste.

“We’re determined to stamp out this kind of lazy behaviour and we will take action against those who fail to help us keep Leeds clean and green.”

Caption: Street cleaning staff found festive waste dumped on the A58.

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