A man who said fly-tipping was 'easy money' has been fined and ordered to do community service after being caught dumping rubbish in the street.

Jordan Hargreaves advertised on Facebook as 'Northwest Removals', falsely claiming he was a licensed waste carrier.

But after two lots of rubbish dumped in the street in Northenden were traced back to him by council investigators, he was taken to court

Evidence was found within the waste which linked it to residential addresses. 

Investigators contacted the residents and they said Hargreaves charged them £40-50 to dispose of the rubbish on their behalf.   

When interviewed under caution, Hargreaves admitted to collecting the waste, saying he had advertised on social media and that he believed this was a way of making 'easy money'.

During the interview, Hargreaves admitted that he did not have a waste carrier’s license - despite claiming he did in messages to customers - and that waste he had previously collected had been burned.   

Hargreaves, 26, of Sale Road, Northenden, was given a 12-month community order with 60 hours unpaid work and ordered to pay court costs of £1,000, plus a victim surcharge of £85 when he appeared at Tameside magistrates' court.

Coun Rabnawaz Akbar, executive member for neighbourhoods, said: "Hargreaves thought that his fly-tipping operation would make him 'easy money'. 

"He treated Manchester residents with contempt, so it’s more than fitting that he has been told to pay a significant sum and work for free, to pay the community back for his crimes.  

"I’d like to remind residents that people who advertise waste disposal services on social media should always be able to provide proof that they are licensed to carry waste. 

"Sadly, waste cowboys like Hargreaves will dump your waste illegally and this could result in a knock on your door from our Environmental Crimes team."

A Trafford Park firm has also been ordered to pay £680 for fly-tipping in the Old Moat area of Manchester.  

Automet Limited, of Richmond Road, Stretford, was prosecuted after a resident of Mauldeth Road West witnessed a man dumping bedding in an alleyway from a black Range Rover, which was traced back to the company.    

After pleading guilty to being in control of the vehicle which was used to commit the offence, Automet Ltd was fined £100 and ordered to pay £500 in costs, plus an £80 victim surcharge.