Woman fined for waste left at Field Farm in Stapleford

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A woman must pay hundreds of pounds in court costs for failing to make sure waste was disposed of correctly.

Jade Shepherd, of Maryland Court, Stapleford, pleaded guilty at Nottingham Magistrates Court on July 31 to an offence under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Shepherd failed in her duty of care to ensure that waste she produced was collected by a licensed waste carrier and was suitably disposed of.

She handed her household waste, in black bags, over to third parties who then fly tipped the waste on land at Fields Farm, Ilkeston Road, Stapleford.

Evidence found within the waste was traced back to her and following an investigation by the Broxtowe Borough Council the case was taken forward for a prosecution.

Shepherd was ordered to pay a total of £372.50 comprising of a fine of £110, a £20 victim surcharge and the council’s prosecutions costs of £242.50.

Fly tipping costs the council thousands of pounds a year of public money. The council offers services for the safe and legal disposal of waste including weekly waste collections and local waste and recycling centres.

It is illegal to fly-tip and anyone found guilty can be fined up to £20,000 and face six months in prison. If the case goes to the crown court, penalties increase to two years in prison.