Man dumped mattress, plastics and other waste in country lane
A MAN who dumped a van-load of rubbish in a lane in Alveston has been prosecuted for fly-tipping.
Nathan Meredith of Combe Dale, Sea Mills, Bristol was sentenced to a two-month curfew and ordered to pay £395 in costs at Bristol Magistrates Court after an investigation by South Gloucestershire Council’s environmental crime team.
The council said that in May 2020, a witness saw a mattress, plastics, cardboard and other household waste being dumped from a white van in Latteridge Lane.
A council spokesperson said: "The quick-thinking member of the public took the number plate and reported it to the council, and the van was traced back to Meredith.
"Meredith admitted that he had arranged for the waste to be collected from an address in Patchway but denied being in the vehicle at the time of the fly-tip.
"He said knew who was in the vehicle at the time it happened but refused to name the individuals and accepted responsibility for the offence."
Council cabinet member for communities Rachael Hunt said: "I’m pleased to see justice has been served, as fly-tipping blights our communities and causes a hazard to members of the public, local wildlife, and is completely unacceptable.
"We will pursue anyone who dumps their rubbish illegally through the courts and we have a 100 per cent success rate for securing convictions for this type of offence.
"Anyone who fly-tips in South Gloucestershire is five times more likely to be prosecuted than anywhere else in the country.
"We all have a responsibility to dispose of our waste in a responsible and lawful manner and if you hire a company to dispose of your waste, it is your responsibility to ensure they have the relevant waste carrier licences, or you could face a fine."
People who see illegal fly tipping are encouraged to report it by contacting the StreetCare help desk on 01454 868000, emailing email@example.com or visiting the website www.southglos.gov.uk/flytipping.
Picture: Rubbish dumped by Nathan Meredith in Alveston