An Emersons Green woman has been ordered to pay a total of £270 in fines and costs after pleading guilty to committing waste related offences in South Gloucestershire.
Angelique Harvey, 44, of Newlands Lane in Emerson Green, was prosecuted by our environmental protection team after household waste was discovered fly tipped in Wick, South Gloucestershire.
The court heard that between Saturday 1 and Thursday 6 April, a variety of household waste was fly tipped at Holbrook Lane in Wick. Evidence found amongst the waste related to an address in Pound Road, Kingswood and subsequent enquiries established that the waste had been removed by a woman named Angelique Harvey.
Ms Harvey attended the council offices for a voluntary interview where she claimed that she had removed the waste for the sum of £30 and had stored it at another property. She stated that she had not fly tipped any waste, but admitted that she had no waste carriers licence or waste transfer notes.
Harvey told the court that her intention was for the householder where she had deposited the waste to dispose of it through normal household collections. Therefore an additional householder’s duty of care charge was added to the summons.
After pleading guilty to the duty of care and waste note offences, Harvey was fined £120 and ordered to pay £150 in costs.
South Gloucestershire Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Tourism Cllr Heather Goddard said: “Fly tipping is an issue that affects our communities and local environment and this will not be tolerated in South Gloucestershire.”
“Waste crime puts the environment at risk and anyone found to be fly tipping will be prosecuted.”
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 http://epr.environment-agency.gov.uk/ePRInternet/searchregisters.aspx
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.