Mansfield man fined for failing to use a licensed waste carrier

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A man has been ordered to pay a fine and costs totalling £230 for failing to check that the person removing his waste was a licensed waste carrier.

Thomas Jones, formerly of West Hill Drive, Mansfield, was ordered by magistrates to pay a fine of £110, plus legal costs of £58.52, clear up costs of £41.48 and a victim surcharge of £20.

Council officers began an investigation last May after bags of waste were deposited on Oakfield Lane, Warsop.

The bags included household waste, a pair of white trainers and a Ryanair boarding pass and receipt addressed to Jones. He said that a man had knocked on his door offering to remove the waste for £20.

Having agreed to the transaction, Jones did not make any checks to ensure that the person was a licensed waste carrier.

Portfolio holder for public protection, Coun Mick Barton said: “Once again we find someone failing to take reasonable measures to make sure their waste is transferred via an authorised person, with the result that the waste is fly-tipped.

“All householders have a duty of care under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to make sure that anyone removing waste from their premises is licensed to do so.

“Do not just take their word for it - get proof. If you have any doubts, call the council on 01623 463463 or the Environment Agency on 08708 506506.”