Council clamp down on littering & fly tipping

Bassetlaw District Council has taken legal or enforcement action against 35 individuals so far this year as it continues to clamp down on littering and fly-tipping across the district.

A mixture of residents and businesses have been ordered to pay for clean-up costs, fixed penalty notices and fines from prosecutions during 2017. These include:

  • 19 people who have been charged a total of £1,460 in clean-up costs after Council Officers were been able to trace fly-tipped waste back to households. In these cases, the householders may have acted in good faith when arranging the removal of rubbish, but because they did not check the credentials of the people they employed to remove the waste, they have been forced to pay the additional charge of clearing up their fly-tipped waste.
  • 11 people who have been served with a Fixed Penalty Notice for littering and charged a total of £880.
  • One person who was served with a Fixed Penalty Notice in relation to fly-tipped waste and charged £400.
  • Four people who have been prosecuted for failure to return Section 108 notices – which is a formal request for information – under the Environment Act 1995 in relation to littering. Three of these people received fines and costs totalling £693 each and another received fines and costs totalling £935.

Councillor Julie Leigh, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods at Bassetlaw District Council said:

"Fly-tipping is a crime and there is no excuse or justification for it. A large proportion of fly-tipping takes place because those responsible don’t want to pay for the waste to be disposed of correctly.

"If you pay somebody to take away your waste, they are providing that service to make a profit. From the man with a van who has been paid a tenner to take some rubbish away, to the small trader who dumps an old bathroom suite in a field, or the rogue waste contractor who piles barrels of vials in a layby, the motive is profit.

"Members of the public have a duty of care when it comes to waste disposal and by using a licensed waste carrier you can help reduce fly tipping. It is also an offence to pass your waste onto anyone who is not a registered waste carrier.

"Whoever you employ to remove your waste, always check that they are a licenced waste carrier and ask to see their documentation, otherwise you could end up paying twice."

There are just two simple steps to check if someone has a waste carrier licence, and by doing so, you will have taken reasonable steps and protected yourself from any unexpected fines or clear-up costs. All you need to do is:

  • Ask the person or Company offering to take your waste away (waste carrier) for details of their waste carriers licence, address and telephone number;
  • Check with the Environment Agency that the licence is valid by telephoning 03708 506 506

Should you wish to dispose of your own household waste, there are two recycling centres in Bassetlaw that are operated by Nottinghamshire County Council. These are in Worksop and Retford.

Businesses and independent tradesmen are not permitted to use these recycling centres. However, businesses have a duty of care to deal responsibly with any waste their business produces. It begins from the moment the waste is produced to when it's received by a licensed waste facility.

If traders and businesses were allowed to use the household tips, Council Tax payers would:

  • Subsidise private businesses
  • Experience delays in using the tips due to business use
  • See a potentially large increase in Council Tax to cover the additional landfill tax charges from the increase in waste being sent to landfill or disposal costs from sending commercial waste to incineration or specialist disposal.
Published: Wednesday 27 September 2017