Fly-tipping lands Mansfield business man a fine

09-0565-2''Mansfield Magistrates Court
09-0565-2''Mansfield Magistrates Court

A Mansfield man has been fined a total of £578 for failing to check that the person removing his waste was a licensed waste carrier.

Alan Heenan, of Bancroft Lane, was ordered by magistrates to pay a fine of £280, plus legal costs of £270 and a victim surcharge of £28.

Mansfield District Council officers began an investigation last June after receiving a complaint from a member of the public that bags of waste had been found fly-tipped on waste ground on Sheepbridge Lane in Mansfield.

Approximately 20 bags of mixed domestic waste and waste car parts were removed from the site and evidence was found linking the waste to Alan Heenan.

Mr Heenan said that he had paid a man £20 in cash to get rid of his business waste, but did not make any checks to ensure that the person was a registered waste carrier. He believed that the waste was being taken for proper disposal, but did not get a receipt.

Appearing in court, Mr Heenan pleaded guilty to one offence of failing to take all reasonable measures to ensure that the waste was transferred to an authorised person under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Portfolio Holder for Public Protection, Coun Mick Barton said: “Mr Heenan did not deal with his waste responsibly with the result that the waste was fly-tipped.

This case demonstrates how everyone has a responsibility to ensure anyone removing waste from their property is licensed to do so. Fly-tipping is a significant problem in the Mansfield District and we are determined to use the courts to crack down on offenders.”