Derbyshire man fined for using unregistered waste removal firm

A Derbyshire man has been fined more than £800 for using an unregistered waste removal company to clear up his own fly-tipped waste.

Monday, 1st March 2021, 12:08 pm

Darren Steele of Everest Drive in Somercotes, appeared before Derby Magistrates Court on February 22 charged with failing to dispose of his household waste in a lawful manner.

The waste was discovered by Amber Valley Borough Council on April 9 last year fly-tipped on Thurston Avenue in Somercotes and information identifying Mr Steele was found in the rubbish.

He later confirmed the waste was his and was issued with a fixed penalty notice.

Darren Steele admitted dumping this rubbish and then using an unregistered waste removal company to clear it up

However, he failed to pay the fine and was summoned to appear in court.

He stated in court that he had paid someone he had found on Facebook to take the waste away for him.

He was fined £300, ordered to pay prosecution costs and clear-up costs of £535 and pay a victim surcharge of £32, for a total of £867.

Coun John McCabe, portfolio holder for the environment, said: "The council takes fly-tipping incidents very seriously and we will use all available resources to ensure those responsible are prosecuted.

"Such incidents not only cost the council a great deal of money cleaning up but have a detrimental effect on local residents and the environment.

"Residents are reminded that they are responsible for disposing of their waste lawfully and should be very wary about who they pay to get rid of it. They should always check that the person or company has a valid waste carrier’s licence and obtain a receipt showing the carrier’s details."