Building waste fly tipper prosecuted
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A Bristol man has been ordered to undertake 120 hours of unpaid community work and pay £1,628.73 in costs after pleading guilty to fly tipping building and DIY waste in Easter Compton, South Gloucestershire.
Peter Hahn, aged 29, of Southwood Drive East, Coombe Dingle, Bristol was sentenced at Northavon Magistrates Court on 2 October following an investigation by South Gloucestershire Council’s Environmental Crime enforcement team.
The court heard that a Westbury-on-Trym resident was working extensively on his house and temporarily storing waste and building debris on the driveway, intending to hire a skip. On Tuesday 18 March the resident was visited by Hahn, accompanied by another male, who offered to remove the waste from the driveway for £170. Some of the debris was then taken away in a van. The following day Hahn returned along with some more men and another van, and some of the remaining waste was transferred to this other van.
As a result of a call from a member of the public, part of the waste was found fly tipped the following day at Farm Lane, Easter Compton, where it was completely blocking the road.
In interview Hahn accepted the fly tipped waste at Farm Lane was some of the waste he had been paid to remove, but maintained that the load he had driven away himself had been initially taken to his home address. He claimed that he bagged it up at home before taking it ‘piecemeal’ in his personal car to Bristol City Council’s refuse disposal site in Avonmouth. He claimed that he had split the money (ie £85 each) with the other van driver who he only knew as ‘Mark’, and that he must have fly tipped the waste. Hahn refused to provide investigating officers with any further information, so the second driver could not be traced and interviewed. In court Hahn pleaded guilty to the tip and on top of the 120 hours of community work and £1,628.73 costs, was also ordered to pay a £60 victims surcharge.
Chair of the council’s Communities Committee Cllr Claire Young said: “The council takes a zero-tolerance approach to this type of illegal activity. Fly tipped rubbish is an eyesore, can be hazardous to residents and its removal creates significant costs for tax payers, who ultimately have to pick up the bill. “This prosecution serves as a reminder to anyone involved in the illegal dumping of waste that if you fly tip rubbish in South Gloucestershire, you will be prosecuted.”
Residents can be liable for waste which is dumped illegally by another party, and could be fined up to £5,000. Any residents considering hiring a firm to dispose of waste, especially those that turn up unannounced are encouraged to:
- 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.
- Check whether the waste carrier is registered by calling the Environment Agency on 08708 506506 or by checking on their website.
- 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 contacting the Street Care helpdesk on 01454 868000, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting www.southglos.gov.uk/flytipping
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