Man made to pay £580 for dumped rubbish

29 September 2017

A MAN found responsible for dumping household waste on land close to his home has been ordered to pay £580 by Mansfield magistrates.

‌The rubbish was fly-tipped by Justin Mather on open land off Swinton Copse, Boughton, Ollerton on December 29 last year, the court was told.

The waste, which had been bagged up, contained toy packaging and a delivery box bearing   Mather’s name. Photographs were taken by a witness and were produced in court as part of the prosecution case.

The matter was reported to Newark and Sherwood District Council’s Waste Management inspection team who invited Mather to attend an interview on two separate occasions. Mather, who lives in Swinton Copse,   failed to attend on both occasions and did not respond to the allegations put to him.

He was prosecuted under Section 34 Environmental Protection Act 1990, which sets out a householder’s duty of care to take reasonable measures in transferring household waste to an authorised person or to a person for authorised transport purposes.

Mather (40), who pleaded guilty to the charge when he  appeared at court on September 28, was ordered him to pay a fine of £200, costs of £350 and a victim surcharge of £30.  The court heard that, as he is already paying off a court fine for an unrelated issue, the fine was commuted to the outstanding fine and will be paying £10 per week into court.

Matt Adey, the district council’s Assistant Business Manager -  Waste Management, said: “Fly-tipping is a serious offence which not only results in considerable cost to the public purse to clear but is also harmful to the community and the environment.  Newark and Sherwood District Council will not tolerate such offences and wherever possible offenders will be prosecuted before the courts.”

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The  rubbish dumped on land off Swinton Copse.

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