Fly-tippers fined for dumped waste in Mansfield area

Mansfield District Council is reminding people to ensure their rubbish is disposed of correctly after two men were fined at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court.

They both pleaded guilty after waste was illegally dumped in separate incidents in the district.

That brought the number of successful prosecutions by the authority since January 2008 to 47. Fifty offenders have been convicted for fly-tipping and Duty of Care offences.

Brian Fox (33), of Salisbury Avenue, Mansfield Woodhouse, was fined £280 and ordered to pay costs of £100, along with a victim surcharge of £15.

His rubbish, which consisted of items from a kitchen refurbishment and bags of soil, was found illegally dumped on the top of bins in private business premises in Long Stoop Way, Crown Farm Industrial Estate, Mansfield, on or about 2nd March last year.

James Prudence (24), of French Terrace, Langwith, was fined £100 and ordered to pay costs of £131 with a victim surcharge of £15. Waste, which included parts of a shower unit, an animal run made of wood and netting, cardboard packaging and other household waste items, was dumped on the edge of woodland in Wood Lane, Church Warsop, last April.

Both claimed in court that they had paid someone to remove and dispose of their rubbish, which was later found dumped.

Coun Mick Barton, portfolio holder for public protection, said: “I hope these cases send out the clear message that dumping rubbish or failing to ensure rubbish is disposed of properly is not acceptable and will not be tolerated. The council will always seek to take legal action against those responsible for fly-tipping.

“I would remind all residents that they have a duty to ensure that the transfer of household waste is done only by an authorised person to make sure it is disposed of legally.”

Anyone who witnesses fly-tipping should record as many details as possible about the people and vehicles involved and report it to Grimebusters on 01623 463463 or by emailing grimebusters@mansfield.gov.uk

The council also says that residents must check that any private individuals or firms collecting waste are authorised by the Environment Agency.

See www.environment-agency.gov.uk for details.