A man from South Gloucestershire has been ordered to pay £700 in fines and costs after he admitted fly-tipping household waste in a lane near his home.
Johnty Welsh of Blakeney Road, Patchway, admitted fly-tipping when he appeared before Bristol Magistrates’ Court and was fined £200 and ordered to pay costs of £500.
The court heard that, in September 2016, household waste including cardboard and carpet was dumped in a lane near Welsh’s home. Evidence gathered from the scene linked the waste to Welsh.
When officers from South Gloucestershire Council’s environmental crime team interviewed Welsh, he admitted the offence, saying he was expecting visitors and wanted to make his home appear decent, so he disposed of the waste.
Council environment and community services committee chair Heather Goddard said: “The duty of care to ensure the proper disposal of waste rests with everyone, and there is no excuse to fly-tip.”
She said the council’s recycling centres were open seven days a week and household or garden waste can be disposed of for free.