Dumped rubbish could include evidence to trace fly-tippers

Fly-tippers could soon be hauled before the courts after piles of dumped rubbish were cleared from near Carlton Forest in Worksop.

Wednesday, 22nd March 2017, 2:45 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 9:59 am
Some of the dumped rubbish at the fly-tipping hotspot of Carlton Forest.

More than three tonnes of illegally tipped waste was discovered by Bassetlaw District Council staff. And it included items that could potentially identify the culprits, thanks to names, addresses and phone numbers found on discarded documents.

“This is yet another example of selfish fly-tippers ruining our countryside and leaving the council with a bill for clearing it up,” said Coun Julie Leigh, Cabinet member for neighbourhoods.

“We often find that this type of offence is caused by companies who carry out house clearances at low prices. If you decide to use a company like this, you must ask to see their waste transfer notices. If they cannot produce these, it is likely they are operating illegally and if any evidence that is fly-tipped can be traced back, then you could receive a fixed penalty notice or face prosecution.”

The rubbish recovered from the woodland at Crossley Hills, which is a well-known fly-tipping hotspot, included a sofa, building rubble, a mattress, tyres, children’s toys and other waste. The evidence is currently being investigated by environmental health officers at the council.

Coun Leigh added: “We would ask all residents to dispose of their waste responsibly at either of the two Nottinghamshire County Council recycling sites within Bassetlaw or through this council’s bulky waste collection service.” The recycling sites are at Shireoaks Road, Worksop and at Hallcroft, Retford.