A Bassetlaw District Council has fined a Worksop woman for fly-tipping after waste that had been dumped on Tranker Lane in Worksop was traced back to her.
Network Rail had informed Bassetlaw District Council’s Environmental Health Officers of the fly-tipped waste which, after investigation, contained information that could identify the offender and officers were able to locate where the waste had come from.
When approached by officers, the woman admitted the waste was hers and that a family member had been asked to take it to the Recycling Centre on Sandy Lane.
Despite this, she was issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice of £55, which was paid immediately.
Householders have a duty of care to ensure that anyone disposing of waste does so legally and, if they are a commercial company, has a waste carrier’s licence.
Coun Julie Leigh, cabinet member for Neighbourhoods said: “Even if you ask someone else to dispose of your waste, this doesn’t diminish your responsibility to dispose of it responsibly and legally.
“While it is unfortunate that this woman had to pay the Fixed Penalty Notice and did express her disapproval of the actions of her relative, the stark reality is that she had broken the law and was forced to accept the consequences.
“If residents are asking others to dispose of their waste, they must ensure that that person has a waste carriers licence or can be trusted to dispose of the waste legally.”
Fly tipping is the illegal dumping of any type of waste on publicly owned or private land.
Some examples of the types of waste dumped are:-
bags of household waste, fridges, tyres and mattresses.
Fly tipping is considered a serious crime which carries a fine of up to £50,000, up to five years in jail and seizure of vehicles.