Impatience costs man £1,200

A MAN who lost his patience in the queue for the tip and dumped his rubbish on a verge has been ordered to pay more than £1,200.

South Gloucestershire Council said Timothy Sullivan, aged 47, had driven from the centre to nearby Siston Hill and left black bags and other waste by the roadside.

The council’s street cleaning team found the rubbish there in July and environmental enforcement officers searched the bags, finding paperwork relating to Sullivan’s address in Clematis Road, Lyde Green.

A spokesperson said Sullivan was called in to the council’s offices in Yate, where he was shown photos of the rubbish and documentation.

The spokesperson said: “He admitted that some of the waste was his, and claimed that he had been going to the Mangotsfield Sort It recycling centre but, after waiting 15 minutes in a queue, he had lost his patience and drove up to Siston Common, where he deposited the black bags.”

Sullivan was summonsed to Bristol Magistrates Court in November, when he pleaded guilty to fly-tipping and was ordered to pay a fine of £320, along with £819 in costs and a £128 victim surcharge, making a total of £1,267.

Cabinet councillor for environmental enforcement Leigh Ingham said: “We all have a responsibility to ensure our waste is disposed of in a responsible and lawful way, not just discarded with an expectation that others will deal with it.
“This waste could have easily been disposed of at one of our Sort It recycling centres, but due to impatience, it was just dumped on the roadside.

“South Gloucestershire Council will always pursue fly-tip related prosecutions through the courts and our award-winning environmental enforcement team has a 100% record of securing successful prosecutions for this type of offence.”

Anyone who sees fly-tipping is encouraged to report it by calling the council’s StreetCare helpdesk on 01454 868000, emailing or visiting