Fly Tipper Fined £1,000
The offences related to an incident of fly-tipping that was witnessed by a member of the public at Morton Grange Lane, Babworth on 21st January 2016. Following an inspection of the waste, Environmental Heath Officers from Bassetlaw District Council traced the waste back to an address in Retford where the occupiers confirmed that Mr White had removed the waste from their property at their request.
Mr White was interviewed under caution and admitted that he had removed the waste from the property, but told officers that he had sold the vehicle the next day with the waste still in the trailer.
In addition, he was served with a Notice to provide the name and address of the new owner of the vehicle, but did not produce this information.
Because of his actions Mr White was prosecuted for one offence under s34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 in failing to properly dispose of controlled waste which was subsequently fly-tipped by a third party.
He was also prosecuted for a second offence under s108 of the Environment Act of 1995 in failing to respond to a Notice whereby he was asked to name the person to whom he had transferred the vehicle containing the waste.
Cllr Julie Leigh, Cabinet Member for Bassetlaw District Council said:
“The laws around the disposal of waste are very clear in that businesses and individuals who collect waste on behalf of someone else have a duty of care to dispose of it correctly and responsibly.
“If this does not happen and the waste is illegally dumped, the Council will apply to the courts for the most severe penalty possible. Bassetlaw and its residents will not tolerate deliberate fly-tipping in its communities and I would like to thank the witness who provided valuable information and evidence to secure this prosecution.
“Let this be a message to anyone who intends to fly-tip, no matter how large or small the amount. We will catch you and you will receive a penalty.”
Mr White was fined £1,000 before the Mansfield Magistrates Court and ordered to pay £400 prosecution costs.