Christmas flytipping including wrapping paper and empty toy packaging proves expensive for offenders after hit with Newark and Sherwood District Council fines
Wrapping paper, cards and empty toy packaging were among a festive flytipping frenzy after remnants of a family Christmas morning were found dumped down a village lane.
A social media appeal was launched by Newark and Sherwood District Council to trace the culprit after a police officer spotted the rubbish on Christmas Day afternoon on Baulker Lane, Clipstone.
Having seen the online appeal, the individual responsible for the flytip handed himself in and swiftly removed the waste, before being hit with a £400 fixed penalty notice.
The district council has warned offenders they will pay for their crimes after another man was given the same fine for dumping Christmas rubbish, including food waste, nappies and personal documents, in a Coddington layby.
Council enforcement officers were able to trace the individual who admitted the crime when interviewed.
The council's Not in Newark and Sherwood campaign hopes to improve instances of flytipping and continue to issue fines to offenders.
Similarly, a mixture of household waste, old toys, cables and building materials were dumped on a public footpath in Edwinstowe last week and, after investigation, the waste owner incurred the same £400 fine.
Council leader David Lloyd, said: “We take flytipping very seriously and expect everyone to dispose of their rubbish responsibly.
"As well as the council’s own recycling services and household waste recycling centres, there are plenty of legitimate rubbish removal services, including the council’s own, that dispose of your waste legally and responsibly.
"We are aware that rogue waste disposal operators posing as legitimate businesses are actively advertising their services on social media sites and often just dump collected rubbish on other people’s land or in public.
“However, these are not the only individuals guilty of flytipping. Everyday people, simply looking for a quick way of getting rid of a large amount of waste are attempting to cut corners and flout the law.”
In November 2019, the council took legal action on another two individuals.
A builder in Newark, who used Facebook to search for a waste removal service, was fined for failing to use a licensed waste carrier after his building materials were dumped at a beauty spot.
The flytipper was ordered to pay more than £3,000 after dumping polystyrene, cardboard, building materials and household rubbish on the outskirts of Sherwood Pines.
The council has advised residents to always check for a valid waste carrier’s licence which can be done easily on the Environment Agency website.
People can use the council’s bulky waste collection service for a small charge, or for larger quantities the council can provide with an individual quote.
For bulky waste visit www.newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk/bulky/ or for electrical waste go to www.newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk/wasteandrecycling/electricalwaste/
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