Bristol man prosecuted following fly-tip in South Gloucestershire

A Bristol man has been ordered to pay nearly £1000 after being prosecuted for waste related offences following an incident of fly-tipping at Ableton Lane, Severn Beach, South Gloucestershire.

Karl Edwards, 23 of Failand Walk, Sea Mills was prosecuted by South Gloucestershire Council’s environmental protection team after the fly-tip of used paint equipment, carpet, underlay, furniture, electrical items, polystyrene and general household waste took place between 23 December 2018 and 5 January 2019.

Documentation left at the scene was traced to a householder in Lawrence Weston, Bristol who had paid Edwards £80 to remove her waste.

When Edwards was interviewed under caution he stated he was helping out a friend and had left it on his driveway when two men called a few days later offering to take it away.

He said he paid £60 for them to remove it but did not ask for their details, or record anything about them or their vehicle.

Edwards pleaded guilty of failing in his duty of care for the secure transfer of household waste at Bristol Magistrates Court on 19 June and was fined £415, £400 costs, a victim surcharge of £41, plus the clear up costs of £141.

South Gloucestershire Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, Cllr Rachael Hunt said: “Fly-tipping is completely unacceptable and we will be relentless in our attempts to identify and prosecute individuals who break the law in this manner.

“Our zero-tolerance approach to fly-tipping in South Gloucestershire means that anyone who fly-tips here is up to five times more likely to be prosecuted than anywhere else in the country. We want people to realise that fly-tipping really isn’t worth the risk and to dispose of their waste in a responsible manner.

“I encourage anyone who has information in relation to instances of fly-tipping in South Gloucestershire to get in touch with our Envirocrime team who will investigate the matter further.”

Rather than directly issuing fly-tipping Fixed Penalty Notices, which is one tool that can be used by local authorities in some circumstances to combat fly-tipping, South Gloucestershire Council adopts a different approach to tackle the problem. Our environmental protection team co-ordinates education and enforcement action, gathering evidence to pursue offenders through the courts.

Statistics show that anyone fly-tipping in South Gloucestershire is five times more likely* to be successfully prosecuted than anywhere else in the country and our award winning Envirocrime team have a 100 per cent record of securing successful prosecutions for this type of offence.

Residents and businesses are advised to only give their rubbish to an Environment Agency registered waste carrier.

Contractors should ensure that they hold a Registered Waste Carriers Licence and they comply with the Waste Transfer Note requirements.

You can carry out these simple steps to make sure your waste is disposed of legally:

  • Ask for a copy of the company’s waste carrier registration certificate and ask where the waste is being taken. Legitimate firms will be happy to provide this information.
  • Do not be tempted to use people offering cheap waste clearance on sites such as Facebook and Gumtree unless you have confirmed that they are registered with the Environment Agency
  • Check whether the waste carrier is registered by calling the Environment Agency on 08708 506506 or by checking on their website https://environment.data.gov.uk/public-register/view/search-waste-carriers-brokers
  • Ask for a registered trading address and contact telephone number for the trader and get a receipt.
  • Unwanted goods and household or garden waste can all be disposed of at no cost via the council’s Sort It centres.

Residents who see illegal fly-tipping are encouraged to report it by using our web form at www.southglos.gov.uk/flytipping  or emailing streetcare@southglos.gov.uk or contacting the Street Care helpdesk on 01454 868000.

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