Warning over rogue waste carriers
Householders needing to dispose of large quantities of waste are being warned to make sure that they use a registered waste carrier or face getting into trouble with the law.
Newark and Sherwood District Council has issued the advice after two separate incidents in which unregistered waste carriers were employed to dispose of rubbish which was fly tipped and later traced back to two householders who should, by law, have ensured that it was removed by legitimate contractors.
Both householders were summonsed to Mansfield Magistrates on Friday, February 16, for failing to ensure waste was transferred to an ‘authorised person’ or to a person for ‘authorised transport purposes’.
Refuse sacks and other general household waste which was the responsibility of one defendant, who lives in Mansfield, was found dumped on a farmer’s field at Cotham, near Newark. Magistrates heard how the defendant, who pleaded guilty, had failed to properly check out the individuals who had offered to dispose of the waste although he told the court they were wearing branded T-shirts and were driving a branded vehicle. The householder, who was fined £500, ordered to pay costs of £215 and a victim surcharge of £50, had still failed to ensure that the people who he engaged to carry out the work had the appropriate registration.
In the other case, where black waste bags were flytipped on a driveway to a business in Rufford, the defendant, who lives in Blidworth, pleaded guilty and was fined £180, ordered to pay costs of £420 and a victim surcharge of £30.
Matt Adey, the council’s assistant business manager for waste management, said: “If someone offers to remove your waste you must make sure that they have the appropriate licenses to remove it so it will be disposed of responsibly. If you use anybody else, you run the risk of waste being flytipped and it will be your responsibility.
“In these two cases both defendants were very remorseful and it was accepted by the court that they had both made mistakes in not checking that the carrier in each case had a proper waste management licence. However, it was accepted that they had not broken the law deliberately or purposefully.”
Mr Adey said that there are rogue individuals who cold call on homes to offer to take rubbish to the household waste disposal sites for a few pounds. However, unless they are registered waste carriers these people have no option but to flytip that rubbish.
If you need to find legitimate registered waste carriers, please use the Environment Agency's register https://environment.data.gov.uk/public-register/view/search-waste-carriers-brokers to find registered waste carriers within your area.
You can also use the district council’s bulky waste collection service for which there is a small charge, or for larger quantities we can provide you with an individual quote. Or electrical waste.
If you witness someone flytipping please leave the evidence where it is and report it to the council here or call 01636 650000 as soon as possible. Please make a note of any vehicle registrations and any other identifying evidence.
You can also check over the phone by calling 03708 506 506 with the postcode and name of the registered carrier or their carrier number. A registered carrier should be happy to supply this information.