Two Oxfordshire businesses were recently prosecuted and fined over £900 for illegally disposing of their waste.

In March, magistrates ordered Banbury-based businesses Air Medic UK and Rainbow Nails 29 to pay over £900 each, which included fines, costs and victim surcharges.

When challenged by officers, both businesses failed to respond to notices requiring them to produce waste transfer notes.

A document that details what a company are disposing of, and who is picking it up, and that businesses are required to show upon request.

The two prosecuted companies also failed to send representatives to court.

At the beginning of this month, A Banbury newsagent paid a £300 fixed penalty notice (FPN) for failing to provide a waste transfer note.

Another recent incident saw the council issue a man with a £400 FPN after his vehicle was caught approaching a skip at Beaumont Business Centre.

Subsequently, furniture and wooden boards were found on the ground next to the skip, which was on private property.

These prosecutions come as part of Cherwell District Council’s recent clampdown on illegal waste dumping.

Councillor Dan Sames, Lead Member for Clean and Green, said: “Whether it happens in our towns or in the countryside, fly-tipping is a significant concern. We want to reassure people that we will always investigate when we find evidence.

“The larger amounts of waste are obviously troubling but dumping waste at our bottle banks also counts as fly-tipping. We would urge people, if they find a bottle bank is full, to report it to us and refrain from leaving their waste on the ground.

“There are a range of legal waste disposal options in Cherwell district, including our bulky waste and excess waste services, visiting Oxfordshire County Council’s household waste recycling centres or using a licensed waste carrier.

“Some people may be tempted to think that disposing of waste illegally will save them money. But you only have to look at the sums offenders have had to pay recently to dispel that myth.”

The Oxfordshire Resources and Waste Partnership, comprised of all the councils in Oxfordshire, is waging a campaign to educate people on waste disposal.

The scheme is focused on the SCRAP code:

  • Suspect all waste carriers.
  • Check with the Environment Agency through its website or on 03708 506 506 that the provider taking waste away is licensed.
  • Refuse unexpected offers to have waste taken away.
  • Ask what will happen to your waste.
  • Paperwork should be obtained – such as a detailed invoice, waste transfer note or full receipt.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tik Tok

Got a story for us? Send us your news and pictures here

List an event for free on our website here