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Heckington resident fined for not seeing scrap men’s licence

 

A Heckington resident has had to pay £180 after her household waste items turned up on the side of the road.

 

Gemma Milligan needed a large number of items removing from her home, which included boxes, an old vacuum cleaner and food packaging.

 

She had asked some local scrap men to take the rubbish away but it was later reported to North Kesteven District Council that her rubbish had been dumped at the side of Thorpe Road, Ewerby.

 

In an interview with council officials she admitted the items were hers and that she had not taken any steps to check the men who collected the rubbish were authorised.

 

She said she did not realise she had to ensure the men disposed of her waste properly. They were initially planning to collect her washing machine. Miss Milligan appeared in Lincoln Magistrates’ Court on March 9 and pleaded guilty to a charge under the Environmental Protection Act.

 

She was fined £110 and costs of £50, plus a victim surcharge of £20 for failing to comply with the duty imposed by section 34(2A) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 by not completing a waste transfer note – and transferring waste to a waste carrier without making reasonable checks as to whether the individual had a waste carriers licence.

 

She was warned by the chair of the bench to be more proactive next time she needed her waste collecting.

North Kesteven’s executive member with oversight on waste management, Richard Wright, said the council was working really hard to stamp out fly tipping in the district.

 

He said: “Unfortunately for Miss Milligan, the law states that the household is accountable for checking that waste is disposed of in the correct manner. Whilst she may have arranged for someone to collect her waste, it was her responsibility to ensure the men were authorised. ” We want to continue having a clean and tidy district. In order for the council to ensure this, we work with our residents to help them dispose of a variety of waste properly, and aid those who may be struggling.

 

“We hope that residents in the district can also learn from Miss Milligan’s lesson.”

 

The district council offers a bulky item collection for residents where large or electrical items can be disposed of responsibly.

 

It costs £11 for up to three items and £22 for four to six items. It can be arranged by calling the customer services team on 01529 414155.

 

Sightings of fly tipping can be reported through n-kesteven.gov. uk and searching for fly tipping.

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