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Newark and Sherwood: Woman fined £400 after tip run led to her rubbish being fly-tipped in Oxton

A woman has been fined £400 after a tip run led to her rubbish being fly-tipped.

Newark and Sherwood District Council is warning residents to be extra vigilant when employing ‘man with a van’ services after Amazon delivery packaging and household goods were dumped illegally.

The district council took enforcement action after an investigation of the rubbish traced the debris back to its owner. She was fined £400 for failing to take the appropriate steps to prevent it from being fly-tipped.

The fly-tip dumped in Oxton. (44518600)
The fly-tip dumped in Oxton. (44518600)

It was found discarded of in black bags on Forest Road, Oxton.

Rogue rubbish collectors are actively advertising their services on social media sites posing as legitimate waste removal services, but often just dump their collections on other people’s land or in public.

The council’s anti fly-tipping campaign Not in Newark and Sherwood has already led to a series of prosecutions, including one from just a week ago.

A man from Newark was issued a £400 fixed penalty notice after dumping household waste outside a block of flats in Balderton.

The rubbish, comprising of food waste, toy packaging and documents — much of which could have been recycled — was investigated by Newark and Sherwood District Council’s enforcement team.

Documents with addresses traced the rubbish back to its owner and, following admission to the offence, the resident received a fly-tipping fixed penalty notice of £400 under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Roger Jackson, council leisure and environment committee chairman, said: “This case serves as an example that if you pay for your waste to be taken away and don’t check where it’s going, you are running the risk of a fine or prosecution yourself.

“Fly-tipping is a serious criminal offence and takes time and money to clear up. We are only too aware that the lockdown period has meant a lot of residents have accumulated additional waste but we all still have to take responsibility. It is absolutely crucial that people avoid giving these items to potentially unlicensed waste removal services.

“The council’s own bulky waste collection service is cheaply priced, most certainly legal, and we will collect your items from your doorstep. Or, if you choose to use an independent waste contractor you must make sure the contractor is registered with the Environment Agency as a licensed carrier.

"Anyone licensed always needs to have a credit card style licence or certificate with them.”

Removing fly-tips costs the taxpayer £55,000 annually.

Since April 2020, the council has removed 1,429 fly-tips with a total weight of 372.48 tonnes — almost the same weight as 75 elephants.

Book a waste collection service on Newark and Sherwood District Council’s website:

For bulky waste visit here. 

For electrical waste visit here.

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