A huge amount waste has been dumped at a site in Ashfield overnight, instigating an investigation into one of the largest environmental incidents seen in the district.
Ashfield District Council officers have been quick to respond to the large scale dumping close to Brierley Forest Park in Huthwaite. The situation is developing and has now become an ongoing and live investigation.
Due to its size, the Council has contacted the Environment Agency for support. If evidence is found then further investigations will be carried out to find those responsible.
Councillor Tom Hollis, Deputy Leader of Ashfield District Council said: “We will not tolerate fly tipping or any other environmental crime in this District. We will have no hesitation in prosecuting those who are caught. To dump waste on any scale is unacceptable but this is outrageous. Thank you to residents for alerting us to this issue, the situation is now an ongoing investigation and will be monitored by our authorised officers. We will not let environmental vandals ruin this fantastic part of Huthwaite. Somewhere I am proud to represent as both a District and County Councillor.”
Charles Edwards, Environment and Cemeteries Manager, has been leading the Council’s swift response. He said: “We are proud that this Council is still providing a full bin collection service for residents. We are flat out and are appalled at the sheer scale of this mess. It is also important that the public understand that their rubbish is their responsibility. They must do the right thing with it. Giving it to a ‘man with a van’ who offers to get rid of it cheaply could prove costly for people. We’d advise using a licensed waste disposal company or calling our Council’s bulky waste team.”
If you have items that you would like to take to your local recycling centre to be recycled, we ask that you please hold onto them until the sites re-open.
Anyone who chooses to use a waste carrier should ensure that they are fully licensed and legal. Alternatively you can book a bulky waste collection through the Council - this way you know that your rubbish is being disposed of responsibly. You can do this by calling 0800 183 8484 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Councillor Hollis continued: "We understand that the lockdown might mean more time for DIY projects or wardrobe clear-outs which could mean excess waste. We are urging residents to please keep these extra items at home until recycling centres re-open and charities are able to commence furniture and clothing collections.”
If you have any information that can help with investigations please call 01623 457 338 and quote FT16042020