Mansfield woman appears in court over dumped rubbish

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A Mansfield woman has been given a six-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £90 for failing to dispose of her household waste correctly.

Donna Butler (37) of Greenway, Forest Town, appeared at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court and admitted breaching the Household Duty of Care by failing to correctly dispose of bags of household rubbish on or before 14th March 2013.

The waste was found on the grass verge at the side of Clipstone Drive, Forest Town.

Magistrates sentenced the defendant to a conditional discharge for a period of six months. She was also ordered to pay a contribution of £75 towards Mansfield District Council’s prosecution costs and the victim surcharge of £15.

Under the Household Duty of Care, householders must ensure that household waste is properly disposed of. Household waste includes waste from domestic properties, caravans and residential homes under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Coun Mick Barton, portfolio holder for public protection at Mansfield District Council, said: “I welcome this prosecution and hope it sends out the message that residents are required to take reasonable steps to check that people removing waste from their premises are authorised to do so and dumping rubbish, or allowing it to be dumped, is unacceptable. The Council will always seek to take legal action against those responsible.”

Mansfield District Council operates a bulky items waste collection service, which will collect items including furniture, domestic appliances including fridges and freezers, bagged household rubbish, and larger items that cannot fit in wheeled bins.

There is a charge for this service but residents in receipt of certain benefits will qualify for a discount on most bulky collections. For further details please contact the contact centre on 01623 463 463 or email