‘Man with a van’ tip run leads to £400 fine
A Newark woman has been fined £400 after an illegal tip-run led to her rubbish being fly-tipped.
Newark and Sherwood District Council is warning residents to be extra vigilant when employing ‘man with a van’ services after a sofa, baby carrier, mattress and other household goods were found dumped behind Grange Road in Newark.
The Council took swift enforcement action after an investigation of the rubbish traced the debris back to its owner and she was fined £400 for failing to take the appropriate steps to prevent it from being fly-tipped.
Rogue rubbish collectors are actively advertising their services on social media sites by posing as legitimate waste removal services, but often just dump their collections on other people’s land or in public.
The Council’s anti fly-tipping campaign, Not in Newark and Sherwood, has already led to a series of prosecutions and as lockdown measures are relaxed, the same enforcement action will continue.
In recent months, Enforcement and Community Protection Officers were redeployed to the frontline as part of the Council’s Covid-19 humanitarian response, ensuring vulnerable residents receive the support they need. However, as the team resume normal duties, enforcement will be stepped up, with fines issued to anyone found flouting the law.
Councillor Roger Jackson, Chairman of the District Council’s Leisure and Environment Committee, said: “This case serves as an example that if you pay for your waste to be taken away and don’t check where it’s going, you are running the risk of a fine or prosecution yourself.
“Fly-tipping is a serious criminal offence and takes time and money to clear up. We are only too aware that the lockdown period has meant a lot of residents have accumulated additional waste but we all still have to take responsibility. It is absolutely crucial that people avoid giving these items to potentially unlicensed waste removal services.
“The Council’s own bulky waste collection service is cheaply priced, most certainly legal, and we will collect your items from your doorstep. Or, if you choose to use an independent waste contractor you must make sure the contractor is registered with the Environment Agency as a licensed carrier. Anyone licensed always needs to have a credit card style licence or certificate with them.”
Book a bulky waste collection service on Newark and Sherwood District Council’s website.
For bulky waste go to: http://www.newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk/bulky/
Electrical waste: http://www.newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk/wasteandrecycling/electricalwaste/
Check the Environment Agency for legal waste removal services: https://environment.data.gov.uk/public-register/view/search-waste-carriers-brokers