Dry-cleaning firm fined after council pressed charges

Smarty Dry Cleaners (Credit: Bristol City Council)

The owner of a Bristol dry cleaners has been fined following action by the city council’s neighbourhood enforcement officers.

Jonathan Ogden, of Smarty Dry Cleaners, was found guilty at Bristol Magistrates’ Court and been ordered to pay a fine and costs totalling £2,155. Fly-tipping is a criminal offence under the 1990 Environmental Protection Act.

Neighbourhood enforecement officers found evudence of fly-tipping (Credit: Bristol City Council)

The court was told piles of waste had been found at the junction of Redcliff Hill and Guinea Street on three occasions.

A search through the waste showed evidence linking it to Smarty Dry Cleaners. Further investigations proved that the waste had been left there by the company.

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “This successful prosecution should act as a warning to individuals and businesses that do not dispose of their waste properly.

“Fly-tipping causes disruption and is unsightly on our streets. We know people care passionately about keeping Bristol tidy and we are working to educate everyone on their responsibility in helping us to keep our streets litter free.”