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Always check the waste trade licence or you could face £200 fixed penalty

6 February 2019

Householders who employ individuals to dispose of their waste must make the necessary licence checks or face a potential £200 fixed penalty if it is linked with fly-tipping.

New powers have been put in place by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for Borough and District Councils to impose the penalty should a householder’s domestic waste be found dumped in any part of Nottinghamshire.

If the penalty is not paid householders can still be taken to court for alleged offences and face a potential £5,000 fine if convicted. This new fine system means individuals could receive the bill as an alternative to court action as authorities seek to clamp down on the thousands of cases in the County every year.

It is the householder’s responsibility to always check the credentials of anyone they employ to dispose of items, namely a waste carrier’s licence issued by the Environment Agency, part of their duty of care.

Nottinghamshire District and Borough councils are working together with partner agencies to deal with a range of environmental issues including illegal waste carriers and fly tipping.

Deputy Leader of Rushcliffe Borough Council Cllr Debbie Mason said: “These new powers enable us to give anyone linked to an illegal case of fly-tipping a large fine, as well as prosecution where relevant.

“Householders that are looking to get rid of waste from their property must ensure they check the licence of the waste carrier they choose to employ as if items from your property are linked to fly-tipping, we could be knocking on your door with a fixed penalty notice.

“We continue to have zero tolerance for anyone that blights our landscape by dumping rubbish and it is vital householders take the responsibility to carry out the necessary checks.”

Residents can check whether a waste carrier is registered on the Environment Agency’s online public register of waste carriers, brokers and dealers by using their registration number, business name, or postcode or by calling 03708 506 506.

A fine will also be issued to any unauthorised carrier if they are found to be carrying waste from a domestic property.

Rushcliffe Borough Council offers collections of large unwanted items for £17 for the first item and any other item thereafter will be £8.25.

To make a booking or for more information click here:https://www.rushcliffe.gov.uk/environmentandwaste/recyclingandwaste/largeunwanteditems/.