Local woman prosecuted following fly-tip

A woman from Yate has been ordered to pay more than £1,170 in fines and costs after South Gloucestershire Council prosecuted her following the discovery of fly-tipped waste in Chipping Sodbury.

Sheena Corbin pleaded guilty to failing in her duty of care and non-compliance of a Section 108 Notice when she appeared at Bristol Magistrates Court in May.

The court heard that in June 2022, a fly-tip of cardboard and packaging discovered on a path near St Johns Way in Chipping Sodbury was reported to South Gloucestershire Council.

The council cleared the fly-tip and found documentation among the waste relating to Corbin’s address at Normead Drive, Yate.

Robert Evely, Environmental Enforcement team leader at South Gloucestershire Council, said: “South Gloucestershire Council will pursue anyone who dumps their rubbish illegally through the courts and I hope this latest prosecution acts as a deterrent to anyone who considers fly-tipping in the area. Our award-winning environmental enforcement team has a 100 per cent record of securing successful prosecutions for this type of offence.

“We all have a responsibility to make sure that our waste is disposed of in a responsible and lawful manner, including when a third party is involved. This waste could have easily been disposed of lawfully at one of our Sort It recycling centres, but instead it was left discarded by a countryside path where it not only looks unsightly, but could also potentially harm the environment.”

Residents who see illegal fly-tipping are encouraged to report it by contacting the council’s StreetCare helpdesk on 01454 868000, emailing streetcare@southglos.gov.uk or visiting southglos.gov.uk/flytipping