Tough on fly-tipping
Tewkesbury Borough Council has prosecuted three individuals in connection with separate flytipping incidents.
The council sees fly-tipping as a serious crime and has pledged to prosecute individuals and organisations that flaunt the law.
JLE Autos Ltd of Churchdown pleaded guilty to failing to provide acceptable waste transfer records in connection with material found at a fly tip in Sandhurst. The company was fined a total of £574 including a victim surcharge and costs. It was accepted by the council that the company did not actually tip the material.
Mr Harvinder Singh of Wotton News, Gloucester, pleaded guilty to fly tipping commercial waste on two separate occasions on Sandhurst Lane. Mr Singh was fined £360, including costs.
Mr Nathan Pym of Cheltenham was given a curfew for 4 weeks and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £85 and £200 costs in connection with a fly tip at Aggs Hill, Cheltenham.
Jim Mason, Tewkesbury Borough Council’s lead member for clean and green environment said of the prosecutions ‘Holding individuals accountable and prosecuting them for breaking the law ensures a clear message is sent regarding fly tipping within our borough. On behalf of our residents I am pleased that we have been able to take action as I’m aware of the impact that this crime can have on both our community and the environment”
The council is committed to prosecuting individuals found responsible for fly tipping. Both residents and businesses need to be aware that they have a legal duty to ensure that waste is properly disposed of and only transferred to an authorised collector. If you have waste that cannot be disposed of by your normal council collection then they should:
- For household waste, see if your local household recycling centre can accept the waste. This is usually free of charge and details of your nearest recycling centre can be found at www.recycleforgloucestershire.com/household-recycling-centres-hrcs.
- Check whether the Council can offer a bulky or special collection service for your waste. The Councils bulky waste collection service can be arranged by calling 01684 2595010.
- Use a commercial waste collector. You must ensure that the waste collector is authorised to transfer your waste. Details of registered collectors can be found at: www.gov.uk/guidance/access-the-public-register-for-environmental-information.