Woman fined over dumped rubbish
A MANGOTSFIELD woman whose rubbish was dumped on a country footpath has been fined.
Fly-tipped household waste including plastics, clothes, papers and paperwork was found next to a lay-by at Webb’s Heath, near Bridgeyate, last November.
South Gloucestershire envirocrime officers looked through the waste, and found documentation relating to Melanie Nurding’s home address in The Sidings.
When council officers interviewed Nurding, she claimed that she had paid £10 to a man to remove the waste, but was only able to provide a very general description of the person she said was responsible.
The 30-year-old was prosecuted by the council’s environmental protection team and admitted failing in her duty of care for the secure transfer of household waste.
She was ordered to pay a total of £155 – a fine of £40, along with costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £30 at Bristol Magistrates’ Court.
South Gloucestershire takes offenders to court rather than issuing fixed penalty notices.
The council also advises residents to ask anyone offering a waste disposal service where the waste is being taken, as legitimate firms will be happy to provide this information.You can check that services are registered by calling the Environment Agency on 08708 506506.
Residents who see illegal fly-tipping are encouraged to report it online at www.southglos.gov.uk/flytipping, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01454 868000.