Removal man dumped rubbish in lane
A RUBBISH removal man who dumped waste in a lane in Pucklechurch has been ordered to pay more than £1,000 in fines and costs.
South Gloucestershire Council prosecuted Liam Budds, 24, of Wick High Street, after fly-tipped waste at Redford Lane was traced back to one of his customers.
Paperwork from an address in Kingswood was found at the Pucklechurch site and another fly tip in Ham Lane, Wick.
The council said it environmental protection officers visited the Kingswood householder, who had paid Budds to remove it.
They then interviewed Budds, who claimed that he was in an informal business arrangement with another man and that they jointly owned the vehicle used to take the rubbish away from Kingswood.
He admitted driving the vehicle on the day and loading the waste onto the vehicle, with the householder’s help. He was paid £70 to dispose of it.
The council said in a statement: “Budds accepted that he was part-owner of the vehicle, was paid to remove the waste and had a duty of care regarding the proper disposal of the waste, but claimed that he had not fly tipped it.”
Budds claimed the co-owner of the van was no longer in the UK.
At Bristol Magistrates’ Court on October 10 Budds admitted that he did not have the correct paperwork for transporting waste.
He was found guilty of a failure in his duty of care for not having a waste transfer note and was fined £200, along with a £30 Victim Surcharge and costs of £930, totalling £1,160.
A spokesperson said: “Do not be tempted to use people offering cheap waste clearance on sites such as Facebook and Gumtree unless you have confirmed that they are registered with the Environment Agency.”
Check whether the waste carrier is registered by calling the Environment Agency on 08708 506506 or visiting bit.ly/2hxp5EQ online.
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, which are open from 8.30am to 4.30pm, seven days a week.
You can report fly tipping to the council at southglos.gov.uk/flytipping