A Mangotsfield woman has been ordered to pay a total of £155 after being found guilty of committing waste related offences following a fly-tip that was discovered in Webb’s Heath, South Gloucestershire.
Melanie Nurding, 30, of The Sidings in Mangotsfield, was prosecuted by our environmental protection team after a fly-tip of household waste consisting of plastics, clothing, papers and paperwork in various bags was discovered at the entrance to a public footway next to a layby at Webb’s Heath, South Gloucestershire.
The court heard that the fly-tip was first discovered on Thursday 22 November 2018, and when the waste was investigated by the council’s envirocrime officers, documentation was found relating to Melanie Nurding at her home address.
When council officers interviewed Nurding, she claimed that she had paid £10 to a man to remove the waste, but was only able to provide a very general description of the man.
Nurding pleaded guilty to failing in her duty of care for the secure transfer of household waste and was fined £40, along with costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £30, totalling £155.
The case was heard at Bristol Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 13 February.
South Gloucestershire Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Tourism Cllr Paul Hughes said: “Fly tipping is an issue that has a negative impact on our communities and local environment and we all have a responsibility to make sure that our waste is disposed of in the appropriate manner. Anyone that fly-tips in our area is five times more likely to be successfully prosecuted than anywhere else in the country. We have a 100 per cent record of securing successful prosecutions for this type of offence, so if you fail in your duty of care and allow rubbish to be fly tipped in South Gloucestershire, you can expect to be caught and prosecuted.
He added: “The Council invests time and resources in gathering evidence to pursue offenders through the courts and this approach has proved effective in keeping down both the amount of fly-tipping in this area, and the cost of clearing it up.”
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 email@example.com or contacting the StreetCare helpdesk on 01454 868000.