Fixed Penalty Notices will be issued to people in Erewash if they do not use licensed waste carriers to dispose of their household waste.
Under the Environmental Protection Act councils can now issue FPN’s to anyone who is found to have breached their ‘duty of care’ when it comes to household waste. This means that anyone caught using a carrier without the correct licence to take their waste away could be fined up to £150. At the moment this is currently dealt with by way of prosecution.
The issuing of FPN’s by the council’s neighbourhood wardens for this offence was approved by Council Executive on 16 July.
Councillor Garry Hickton, Lead Member for Environment at Erewash Borough Council, says,
“The introduction of Fixed Penalty Notices for these kinds of offences will send out a clear message that fly-tipping will not be tolerated. We want to make sure that Erewash remains a clean, safe and welcoming borough for everyone who lives here.”
It is recommended that residents carry out the following checks if they are thinking of paying someone to dispose of household waste:
• Ask the contractor if they are a registered waste carrier and ask for their waste carrier licence.
• Contact the Environment Agency on 03708 506506 and ask for an instant Waste Carrier Validation Check, or visit the Environment Agency website to do a check online.
For more help and advice please contact the council on 0115 907 2244.
The council has a number of initiatives aimed at reducing environmental crimes. These include a bulky waste collection servive and a free community waste collection pilot scheme that was trialled earlier this year at collection points across the borough.