Yate man dumped rubbish next to road because recycling centre queue was 'too long'

December 29 2021
Yate man dumped rubbish next to road because recycling centre queue was 'too long'

A MAN from Yate has been ordered to pay more than £850 in fines and costs after dumping waste at the roadside because he didn't want to queue at the tip.

Mitchell Palmer, aged 34, of Windsor Drive, was prosecuted by South Gloucestershire Council after a resident saw him dumping a number of black bags in a lay-by at Bury Hill in February, challenged him and took pictures of him and the bags (above) on a mobile phone.

When interviewed, he admitted fly-tipping the waste, saying it was an accumulation of rubbish from an address he had been sharing with his ex-girlfriend.

A council spokesperson said: "He claimed that he’d attempted a visit to his local Sort It recycling centre that morning but found the queue too long and was not prepared to wait.

"Palmer admitted that he knew his actions were unlawful and said he was remorseful for his behaviour."

He was fined £320 and ordered to pay £504 in costs and a £34 victim surcharge.

Another man, 28-year-old Louis Henry, of Clos–Y–Gelyn, Cardiff, was fined £320 and ordered to pay £376 in costs after being spotted throwing cardboard from the back of a van onto the verge of the A46 at Clay Pitch, near Horton, in September.

Cabinet Member for Communities and Local Place, Cllr Rachael Hunt said: “There is no excuse for fly-tipping and with these particular cases, a simple trip to the local recycling centre would have meant this waste was disposed of lawfully.

“In addition to it being illegal, it’s plain laziness to dump rubbish in this way and expect others to clear the mess left behind.”

Fly-tipping can be reported by calling the StreetCare helpdesk on 01454 868000, emailing streetcare@southglos.gov.uk or visiting www.southglos.gov.uk/flytipping.