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Man to pay £1,200 for commercial waste dumped at recycling facility in Stokenchurch

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High Wycombe Magistrates Court. (Archive picture)

A man has been ordered to pay over £1,200 after being found guilty of a fly-tipping offence in Stokenchurch, Buckinghamshire.

On Wednesday 5th July 2017 the 38 year old man of Totteridge Road, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire pleaded guilty at High Wycombe Magistrates Court (pictured above) for a fly-tipping offence.

The Court heard that on Friday 18th November 2016 a passing motorist saw the man put several wooden pallets on the ground at the rear of containers at the household recycling facility which then existed at Mudds Bank, Stokenchurch, Buckinghamshire.

Photographs of the van, which was sign-written with a company name, were taken by the witness. The company was contacted and the 38 year old man was identified as the employee driving the company van at the relevant time.

At the recycling facility signage clearly stated that the facility was for local residents to recycle household waste and that any non-recyclables left at the site would constitute the criminal offence of fly-tipping.

Th 38 year old man was interviewed at a police station by a Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire investigator.

During interview the man stated that he was an employee of the company in question and made full admission to the dumping. The man also stated that he was working alone and admitted to dumping two wooden pallets at Mudds Bank recycling facility on the relevant date. He also confirmed that the pallets were business waste items but that he acted alone with no instructions from the company.

The Magistrates fined the 38 year old man £90 and ordered him to pay £1,093 towards prosecution costs, plus £30 in victim surcharge. The total to pay was therefore £1,213.

Wycombe District Council Cabinet Member for Environment Julia Adey, speaking on behalf of the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire, said: ‘This man may have convinced himself that dumping his commercial waste next to a residents’ recycling facility was different from ordinary fly tipping, but this is a firm reminder that commercial waste must be disposed off properly, and actions such as this will lead to prosecution.

Dumped waste can be reported online at http://old.buckscc.gov.uk/fly.

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