Council appeal for information over a fly tipping incident in Scaftworth

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Cardboard, carpets and polystyrene made up some of the rubbish that was dumped by the side of the road on the A631 in Scaftworth.

Fly tipping, which is the illegal dumping of any type of waste on publicly owned or private land, is a serious crime which carries a fine of up to £50,000, up to five years in jail and seizure of vehicles.

A spokesperson for Bassetlaw District Council said: “Dumped waste blights the local environment and poses a threat to human health, wildlife and the overall environment. It costs the Council around £100,000 a year to clear up fly tipped waste and dispose of it – a cost passed on to local taxpayers and landowners.

The council and the Environment Agency are empowered to investigate and take action against fly tippers and often work in partnership.

The council investigate mainly multiple one off incidents of fly tipping and are responsible for clearing waste dumped on public land. Larger scale fly tipping involving organised gangs fall to the Environment Agency to investigate.

Householders are now required to check that anyone they allow to remove their waste is authorised to do so. Contact the Environment Agency on 08708 506506 and ask for a waste carriers check.