A fly-tipper who dumped a trailer full of waste at a well-known fly-tipping hotspot has been handed a £400 fine by the Council.
The Council caught the fly-tipper using a video camera that was placed at a fly-tipping hotspot on private land in the north of Bassetlaw.
The culprit was also warned that should they commit a second offence, they will be put in front of a Magistrates Court and could be issued with a fine of up to £50,000 or receive a custodial sentence of up to 12-months. They were also given advice on how to register as a licenced Waste Carrier and how they can legally dispose of household and commercial waste.
Cllr Julie Leigh, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods at Bassetlaw District Council, said: “As this is the first time this person has been caught and because they were issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice, we are not able to publish details that may identify the individual. However, this person was told in no uncertain terms that should they be caught fly-tipping for a second time, they would be facing an appearance in court and would receive a much stiffer penalty.
“The Council uses video cameras, in addition to CCTV, in order to combat fly-tippers and this shows that in a number of cases, this can prove to be a success. However, this is just one of the ways that we can tackle fly-tipping.
“The public can also help us to identify fly-tippers and reduce fly-tipping by using the Household Recycling sites in Worksop and Retford, or by using a licensed Waste Carrier to remove waste for you.”
The Council was able to identify the fly-tipper by accessing information held by the DVLA and Motor Insurance Database. A Section 108 Notice under the Environment Act 1995, which askes for specific information relating to vehicle used to fly-tip, was then sent to the person whose name and address was identified.
This person was invited to attend an interview under caution, during which the suspect admitted the offence.
Last month, the Council highlighted the impact fly-tipping has on Bassetlaw with a display on Worksop’s Bridge Street. Each year it costs Bassetlaw Taxpayers £115,000 to clean up fly-tipping. A similar event will be taking place in Harworth on Thursday 25th July, and in Retford during September.
If you witness fly-tipping taking place, please report this to Bassetlaw District Council via www.bassetlaw.gov.uk or by contacting our Environmental Health Team on 01909 533 533. In order to investigate fly-tipping we need to have; a description of the vehicle and/or person who were fly-tipping, the registration of the vehicle, a description of the waste and the date and time it occurred.
Last Updated on Monday, October 7, 2019