Named and Shamed: Fly-tipper hit with £862 fine

Published: 18 July 2019

A Clayhall man who paid someone he found through social media to dispose of his waste has been hit with a hefty fine after the rubbish was later discovered dumped.

Alexandru Ionita from Hurstleigh Gardens was ordered to pay £862 after a large fly-tip was traced back to him by council enforcement officers.

Under interview the 28-year-old truck driver said that he had hired a ‘man with a van’ through a social media site after needing help to deliver and assemble furniture.

His social media contact then offered to get rid of the furniture packaging, cardboard boxes and other waste. Taking him up on the offer Ionita handed the man £150 to dispose of the rubbish.

It was later found dumped on Hainault Road, Hainault. A number of black sacks and other household rubbish was also among the mountain of mess discovered by the council’s street cleansing team, who promptly disposed of it at the local tip.

During his interview Ionita said that he had trusted his social media contact to properly dispose of the rubbish, but admitted that he didn’t ask for the contact’s full name, address or vehicle’s registration number. Neither did he get a receipt for the removal, ask if the man had a Waste Carrier’s Licence, or establish where the rubbish was going to be taken.

Ionita was hit with a fine of £300 and ordered to pay costs of £420 after pleading guilty at Barkingside Magistrates Court on 5 July 2019. A victims surcharge of £30 was also imposed, along with an order to pay clean-up costs of £112.

Upon sentencing the Deputy District Judge told Ionita that putting his trust in a stranger without establishing their identity or waste carrier credentials, had been misplaced.

As part of its Our Streets strategy, Redbridge Council is taking one of the toughest stances on grime crime and will fine or prosecute any individual or business caught dumping rubbish.

Council Leader Cllr Jas Athwal said:

“There is no excuse for dumping rubbish and dirtying our streets. The man in question should have made sure he hired a responsible firm to dispose of his waste.  

“The Council offers free bulky waste collection which can easily be organised online so there is no reason to hire disreputable third parties, or dispose of rubbish irresponsibly.”

Cabinet Member for Civic Pride Cllr John Howard said:   

“We have a zero-tolerance approach to people who dump rubbish. Even if you contract rubbish removal out to a third party, it is still your responsibility and duty of care to ensure that the waste has been lawfully taken and disposed of. 

“Fly-tipping is blight on our community and we won’t hesitate to prosecute those caught making a mess of our borough.”

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