AN unregistered waste carrier has been fined more than £3,700 following a successful prosecution by Barnsley Council.

John Weinrich-Cooke, of Station Road, Barnsley, was charged with four offences committed between June 2019 and September 2019.

The 43-year-old was found guilty of failing to register as a waste carrier, along with three counts of failing to comply with a community protection notice (CPN).

This notice required that he stored waste relating to his business according to the Environmental Protection Act 1990, and that he stopped parking vehicles containing waste on the highway or land open to the public when not collecting waste.

Weinrich-Cooke was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay £1,537 in costs, along with a £181 victim surcharge, at Barnsley Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

Coun Jenny Platts, cabinet spokesperson, said: “We’re committed to tackling environmental crime in our borough and our enforcement team are doing great work to bring illegal waste carriers and fly-tippers to justice.

“We’re cracking down on those who carry controlled waste illegally. Residents can help us to protect our beautiful borough by making sure they only hand over your waste to someone with a valid waste carrier licence.

“If a resident pays for someone to take their waste and they’re unauthorised to do so, both face prosecution.”