Natural Resources Wales (NRW) is warning people to be on their guard against illegal waste carriers.
The warning follows the sentencing of a Kinmel Bay waste operator for illegally transporting and fly-tipping household waste in Llysfaen, Conwy last year.
Daniel McNeill advertised waste removal services on Facebook and collected household waste across North Wales.
McNeill pleaded guilty to the charges at Llandudno Magistrates Court 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.
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.
“This case demonstrates clearly that anyone trying to take shortcuts will be pursued through the courts and we will work with our partners to investigate and enforce against illegal waste activities.”
On average a legitimate waste carrier charges around £52 to remove a car boot sized bundle of waste while a van load would cost £166 and an average skip load around £230.
If your waste carrier is charging less, ask to see their waste carrier’s licence and check NRW’s public register www.naturalresources.wales
Anybody who suspects illegal waste activity in their area should report it via NRW’s incident hotline on 03000 65 3000.