'Brazen' fly-tipping on country road by waste clearance business run from Facebook page
A MAN who left a huge trail of rubbish on a country road after setting up a waste disposal business on Facebook has been given a suspended prison sentence.
Jordan Payne, of Arnold Road, Siston, fly-tipped furniture, garden waste and disused building materials at Henfield Road, between Lyde Green and Henfield, in August last year.
South Gloucestershire Council’s environmental enforcement team launched an investigation and some of the waste was identified by a resident as having been removed from their home after they had paid Payne to dispose of it.
Payne was given an 18-week suspended jail sentence, ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work and pay a total of £2,391 in prosecution and clear-up costs when he appeared at Bristol Magistrates Court on June 28.
The council said Payne had obtained a Registered Waste Carriers Licence last July and created a Facebook page to advertise his business, called Jordan’s Waste Clearance.
Over the next six weeks, he travelled across Bristol and South Gloucestershire collecting waste in return for payment, often storing it outside or near his home before moving it elsewhere.
A council spokesperson said: "During an interview, Payne produced a pre-prepared statement admitting that he had dumped some of the waste at Henfield Road – but not all of it.
"He claimed to have disposed of the waste at a waste management business in Bristol but stated that his records had been thrown away when his vehicle was recently sold.
"No Bristol-based waste businesses had record of him disposing of anything at their premises."
A sofa dumped in the middle of Henfield Road. Picture: South Gloucestershire Council
Payne was prosecuted for fly-tipping, not holding any waste transfer notes and storing collected waste in and around his home address.
Council cabinet member for communities Rachael Hunt said: "This was a brazen act of fly-tipping on the public highway, without any thought given to the impact it would have on our residents, or the hazard and disruption it would cause to road users.
"Fly-tipping blights communities and our zero-tolerance approach means that anyone who fly-tips in South Gloucestershire is up to five times more likely to be prosecuted than anywhere else in the country.
“Our award-winning environmental enforcement team has a 100 per cent record of securing successful prosecutions for this type of offence and if you fail in your duty of care and allow rubbish to be fly-tipped here, you can expect to be caught and brought before the courts.
“We advise residents to always ask for a copy of the company’s waste carrier registration certificate and ask where their waste is being taken, otherwise you could be liable.
"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.”
The council is advising people to check whether their waste carrier is registered by calling the Environment Agency on 08708 506506 or by checking on their website.
Unwanted goods and household or garden waste can all be disposed of at Sort It centres.
Anyone who sees illegal fly-tipping should report it by contacting the StreetCare helpdesk on 01454 868000, emailing email@example.com or visiting www.southglos.gov.uk/flytipping.