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Residents warned they can be liable for fly tipping

Chesterfield Borough Council is warning residents to make sure their waste is disposed of lawfully – otherwise they could end up with a hefty fine.

Householders asking someone to take their waste away must check they are properly licensed; otherwise they could face prosecution if your waste is found to be fly tipped illegally.

They should ask to see their waste carrier’s certificate or contact the Environment Agency on 03708 506506 or by visiting their website at

Councillor Chris Ludlow, Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “We’re reminding all residents wanting to dispose of rubbish to make sure it is done lawfully.

“Anyone offering to dispose of rubbish should be able to show a waste carrier’s certificate and fill out a waste transfer note. If they cannot, then they should not be allowed to take the rubbish away.”

Residents should always keep a record of the details of anyone disposing of their rubbish in case it is found dumped.

The council has a team of dedicated enforcement officers who are highly trained in tracing offenders. They will try to trace the origin of the waste and when it was dumped.

The council uses various methods to identify offenders including using patrols and CCTV cameras at fly tipping locations and working closely with the police and the Environment Agency to carry out stop and search exercises on vehicles which may be carrying waste.

Fly tippers will be prosecuted. They can be required to pay the full clean-up costs to the council plus a fine of up to £50,000 and up to five years imprisonment.

Anyone who has rubbish which needs disposing can use the council’s bulky waste collection service by calling 01246 345734. Details of the costs can be seen in the bins and recycling section of our website.

First published on 16 August 2016 Last updated on 31 October 2017