Former Mansfield Town footballer Colin Daniel has been ordered to pay a fine and costs totalling £1,541 for failing to dispose of his household waste correctly.
Daniel from Sherwood in Nottingham admitted a duty of care offence for failing to check whether the person disposing of his waste had a waste carrier’s licence.
The waste, which included cardboard boxes, bin liners full of plaster and a delivery box addressed to Daniel, was fly-tipped on Old Newark Road in Mansfield.
Magistrates imposed a fine of £850, a victim surcharge of £170 and costs totalling £521.
The footballer said that on receiving a leaflet offering waste removal services, he contacted the telephone number and agreed to pay £90 to have his waste removed.
But he failed to check that the business was authorised to carry out such work, nor did he get a receipt.
Mansfield District Council’s portfolio holder for public protection, Coun Mick Barton said: “People have a duty of care under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to ensure that anyone removing waste from their premises is licensed to do so. We are determined to crack down on fly-tipping and people who fail to carry out the right checks on businesses or individuals who offer waste removal services. It is essential that you obtain proof that you are handing your waste over to an authorised person, or you may well end up in the courts.”
Daniel was a member of the Stags’ squad which won the Blue Square Bet Premier in 2013.
He left the One Call Stadium outfit at the end of the 2013/14 season and is now at League One side Port Vale.