Waste warning

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RESIDENTS are being warned to check that companies that remove waste from their properties are licensed.

It comes after a man was found guilty of failing to ensure household waste was transferred to an authorised person.

Alan Greaves, 53, of Poolsbrook Avenue, admitted paying £30 to men he didn’t know to get rid of rubbish and scrap metal. When documents belonging to Mr Greaves were found in dumped bags retrieved by Council Enforcement Officers, he was fined £250 and ordered to pay £250 costs.

Cllr Chris Ludlow, executive member for the environment at Chesterfield Borough Council, said: “The duty of care now lies with the person who authorises someone to take away the waste so you must double check that the waste collector has the necessary permit otherwise you could face prosecution if your waste is found to be fly-tipped.”