Natural Resources Wales (NRW) is warning people to be “on their guard” against illegal waste carriers after two cases involving illegal operators advertising services on Facebook.
The regulator said that on average, a legitimate waste carrier charges around £52 to remove a car bundle of waste, while a van load would cost £166, and a skip load would cost £230.
If a waste carrier is charging less, NRW is urging people to ask to see a waste carrier’s license and check its public register.
Euros Jones, NRW operations manager in North Wales, said: “If an offer seems too good to be true then be aware, it is highly likely that the carrier is operating illegally and dumping waste where it will harm the local community and the environment. Every business in the waste industry must have permits to move, store and treat waste.”
According to NRW, a Kimmel Bay waste operator, Daniel McNeill was sentenced last year for illegally transporting and fly-tipping household waste around Llysfaen, Conwy.
NRW reported that Mr McNeill advertised waste removal services on Facebook and collected household waste across North Wales.
The regulator said Mr McNeill pleaded guilty to the charges at Llandudno Magistrates Courtyy and received a 20 week custodial sentence suspended for 12 months, a 14-week curfew and £1,500 contribution towards the prosecution costs.
The case was jointly investigated by officers from Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and Conwy County borough council.
This came after NRW said another Conwy based waste operator was given a suspended prison sentence after admitting five waste offences at Caernarfon Magistrates Court.
Ryan Green, who operated under the name ‘Ultimate Waste removal’, had also advertised the services on Facebook. NRW says Mr Green pleaded guilty to four cases of fly-tipping household waste at sites across North Wales and the illegal storage of mixed waste at Peel Street, Abergele.
He was sentenced to 52 weeks imprisonment suspended for 18 months. An application was also made for compensation for the full clean-up costs which included asbestos, and this was awarded in the sum of £4,000 payable at a rate of £100 per month.