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Resident fined for envirocrime

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Published: 17/10/2013

Natasha Chamberlain, 40, of Kelbra Crescent pleaded guilty to not taking reasonable measures to ensure that her household waste was disposed of properly when she appeared before Yate Magistrates’ Court on Monday 14 October.

In July, she had left a washing machine and a fridge outside her property which was awaiting collection. She was approached by two men in a blue pick up truck who offered to take these items away and any other waste she might have and so she gave them a quantity of cardboard packaging from her garden.

On Monday 8 July, we received a report about some fly-tipped waste found at Frampton End Road in Frampton Cotterell which included cardboard packaging for a BBQ, pizza boxes and a large plastic toy car. A delivery note on the discarded packaging lead the officers to Chamberlain’s address and she admitted the cardboard came from her property, but not the other items. She was unable to give any further details about the men who took her waste and unfortunately they have not been traced.

The court fined her £75 and she was ordered to pay £350 in costs and a £20 victim’s surcharge.

Cllr Claire Young, Chair of Communities Committee, said: “Household waste can be legally disposed of and there are a number of steps you can take to avoid becoming liable for rubbish which is fly-tipped. You can request to see a copy of the trader’s waste carrier registration certificate, and ask them where your waste is being taken. Legitimate firms will be happy to provide this information. Make sure you are provided with a registered trading address and contact telephone and don’t forget to ask for an official receipt.”

There are other simple checks you can carry out:

● check whether your waste carrier is registered by calling the Environment Agency on 08708 506506 or searching on their website

● and make a note of the registration number of the vehicle taking the waste away

● residents are encouraged to reuse or recycle their unwanted goods or take them to your nearest SORT IT!* centre

● do not be tempted by “cash in hand deals” as it could end up costing you more. If in doubt, say no and contact the Envirocrime team for advice on 01454 868001.

Our message on preventing fly tipping is simple – if you see it, report it. You can do so by calling the Street Care helpdesk on 01454 868000, email or visit

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