A MAN has been ordered to pay nearly £600 after being prosecuted by the council for fly-tipping in a country lane near Thornbury. 

David Burnell, aged 54, of Ringwood Crescent, Southmead, pleaded guilty to a waste offence charge at Bristol Magistrates Court on Monday, November 13. 

He was fined £138, ordered to pay a £55 victim surcharge plus £400 in costs - a total of £593.

The court heard that on July 10, South Gloucestershire Council received an anonymous report about a fly-tip on Foss Lane in Oldbury-on-Severn. 

A number of items of household waste had been dumped including carpets, a sofa, blinds and empty paint tins. 

Among the rubbish correspondence was also found addressed to David Burnell.

During an interview at the council’s offices in Yate, Burnell acknowledged a proportion of the waste had originated from his address.

He stated that he had recently decorated and carpeted two bedrooms and had piled waste in his front garden with the intention of calling a waste removal company to collect it.

During the first week of July 2023 three men in a white van cold-called at his home offering to take the waste away. 

He stated that he was in his back room and did not speak with the men directly. He said that a price of £50 cash was agreed, and the rubbish was removed.

Burnell did not receive a receipt for the transaction and could not provide any names, contact numbers nor make and registration number of the van. 

He accepted liability for not exercising his duty of care obligations to ensure that his waste was transferred to a registered and responsible waste carrier for correct disposal. 

Councillor Leigh Ingham, cabinet member responsible for environmental enforcement at SGC, said: “I hope this latest prosecution acts as a deterrent to anyone who fails in their duty of care for waste disposal. 

“Rather than issue fixed penalty notices as some local authorities do, SGC always pursues fly-tip related prosecutions through the courts. 

“Our environmental enforcement team has a 100 per cent record of securing successful prosecutions for this type of offence.

“If you hire a third-party to dispose of your waste, always ask for a copy of the company’s waste carrier registration certificate and ask where the waste is being taken, or you could be found liable and face a considerable fine.”

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.

Residents who see illegal fly tipping are encouraged to report it by contacting the council’s StreetCare helpdesk on 01454 868000, emailing streetcare@southglos.gov.uk or visiting www.southglos.gov.uk/flytipping