Barnstaple fly-tipper caught and fined

Posted on: 8 May 2019

A Barnstaple man has been issued with a £400 fine by North Devon Council for a flytipping offence.

The man, who does not have a permit to transfer or store waste, was paid by a local resident to complete a garage clearance and take items to the recycling centre in Barnstaple.  However, the waste was later found deposited in a lay-by in Westacott on Easter Monday.

The man was later identified by North Devon Council’s Environmental Protection team and issued with a fixed penalty notice. The dumped items, which included an old windbreak, hose reel, a sun lounger cushion, bits of wood and cardboard, would have been accepted free at the recycling centre.

North Devon Council’s Neighbourhood Officer, Alan Kyle says: “There is no excuse for flytipping, and we hope this fine will serve as a clear message to others that the council will not tolerate this type of activity in North Devon. Council tax covers the cost of collecting, recycling and disposing of household waste which arises from the day-to-day running of a household. Costs for disposing of waste generated from home improvements or vehicle maintenance must be met by the individual who incurs them, because they are not classified as household waste.

If you flytip you can expect to face a heavy fine or prosecution in the courts. If you pay someone to remove your waste you should check that the trader is fully licensed and obtain a waste transfer note. Failure to do so could land you with your own hefty fine.”

To report littering, fly-tipping or other environmental offences please contact customerservices@northdevon.gov.uk. You can also report incidents on the council’s website . All private waste collectors must hold a Waste Carrier Licence. You can check it is valid on the Environment Agency website or by calling 03708 506 506.

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