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Men fined after waste dumped

Mansfield District Council is reminding people to ensure their rubbish is disposed of correctly after two men were fined by Mansfield Magistrates' Court after waste was illegally dumped in separate incidents in the District.

Both men pleaded guilty under to Duty of Care offences under Section 34 (2A) and (6) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 when they appeared at Mansfield Magistrates' Court on Wednesday 11 January 2012.

Mr Brian Fox (33) of Salisbury Avenue, Mansfield Woodhouse, was fined £280 and ordered to pay costs of £100 along with a victim surcharge of £15. The waste, which consisted of items from a kitchen refurbishment and bags of soil, was found illegally dumped on the top of bins in private business premises in Long Stoop Way, Crown Farm Industrial Estate, Mansfield, on or about 2 March 2011.

Mr James Prudence (24) of French Terrace, Langwith, was fined £100 and ordered to pay costs of £131 with a victim surcharge of £15. The waste, which consisted of parts of a shower unit, an animal run made of wood and netting, cardboard packaging and other household waste items, was found illegally dumped on the edge of woodland in Wood Lane, Church Warsop, on or about 27 April 2011.

Both claimed in court that they had paid someone to remove and dispose of their rubbish, which was subsequently found dumped in separate locations.

Councillor Mick Barton, Portfolio Holder for Public Protection, said: "I hope these cases send out the clear message that dumping rubbish or failing to ensure rubbish is disposed of properly is not acceptable and will not be tolerated. The Council will always seek to take legal action against those responsible for fly-tipping.

"I would remind all residents that they have a duty to ensure that the transfer of household waste is done only by an authorised person to make sure it is disposed of legally."

Anyone who witnesses fly-tipping should record as many details as possible about the people and vehicles involved and report it to Grimebusters on 01623 463463 or by emailing grimebusters@mansfield.gov.uk

To ensure compliance with Householders Duty of Care, residents must check that any private individuals or firms collecting waste are authorised by the Environment Agency. See www.environment-agency.gov.uk for details.

Since January 2008, there have been 47 successful prosecutions by Mansfield District Council and 50 offenders have been convicted for fly-tipping and Duty of Care offences.

Published 17 January 2012

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