A Chipping Sodbury man has been ordered to pay £810.59 in fines and costs, and been given 160 hours of community service, after pleading guilty in court to fly tipping. Magistrates said that his community service should be spent picking up rubbish.
Jake Thomas, 22, of Woodmans Close, Chipping Sodbury, was prosecuted by South Gloucestershire Council’s environmental protection team after two separate loads of fly tipped waste were discovered between March and May – one in Hoovers Lane, near Iron Acton, and the other in a lane in Dodington, near Old Sodbury.
Evidence was found at the fly tips referring to addresses in Cromhall and Yate. Subsequent enquiries by council officers revealed the waste had been removed by Thomas as a business transaction.
Thomas was interviewed by council officers and admitted to carrying out the two fly tips. He also admitted he did not hold a waste carriers licence.
The case was heard at Bristol Magistrates’ Court, where Thomas pleaded guilty to the fly tipping and having no registered waste carriers licence.
He was given a 160-hour community order by the court, to be completed within a period of 12 months. The Magistrate specifically indicated that if possible this should involve clearing up other people’s rubbish. He was also ordered to pay £85 Victim Surcharge and costs of £725.59.
South Gloucestershire Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Tourism Cllr Paul Hughes said: “Fly tipping is an issue that negatively affects our communities and local environment and this activity will not be tolerated in South Gloucestershire. This particular case saw the offender disregarding the law to deliberately dump waste in two rural locations.
“There is no excuse for this type of behaviour. Waste crime puts the environment at risk and anyone found to be fly tipping in South Gloucestershire will be prosecuted. Residents also have a duty of care to ensure that they only give their waste to registered waste carriers.”
South Gloucestershire Council’s envirocrime team co-ordinates education and enforcement action, gathering evidence to pursue offenders through the courts.
The council says anyone fly-tipping in South Gloucestershire is five times more likely to be successfully prosecuted than anywhere else in the country. Its 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.