Barnstaple business fined for failing to manage waste

Posted on: 20 May 2019

A local renovations company has been issued with a £300 fine for failing to provide a waste transfer note for artificial turf that was found fly tipped.

North Devon Council issued the sole trader with the fine for not having a permit to transfer or store waste and allowing the waste to be fly tipped near Venn, Barnstaple in March. He was identified by the council’s Environmental Protection team and issued with a fixed penalty notice for the offence.

The fly tipped waste included artificial turf, plastic bags and some rubble which should have been disposed of at the local recycle centre.

Neighbourhood Officer at North Devon Council, Alan Kyle, says: “There is no excuse for small companies not to manage their waste properly and responsibly. We hope this fine will serve as a clear message to other businesses, no matter what their size, that the council will not tolerate this type of activity in North Devon.

“Costs for disposing of waste generated from home improvements must be met by the individual who incurs them or the company that carries out the work, because it is not classified as household waste. Council tax covers the cost of collecting, recycling and disposing of household waste which arises from the day-to-day running of a household only.

“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 our website northdevon.gov.uk/flytipping. 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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