The court heard that a single sack containing general household waste was deposited on the ground by each of the two women. In both cases there was no intention that the waste within the sacks would be recycled. Both cases included food waste within the dumped sacks.
Recycle or ‘bring’ centres are regularly emptied and cleansed, and dumped wastes are examined for evidence of origin. In these cases the waste was examined by an investigator from the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire, who found items which were traced to the two women.
When interviewed at police stations by Waste Partnership investigators, both women admitted depositing the wastes. Both women said that they had seen other waste deposited at the sites on previous occasions which had prompted their actions. On the occasions in question both women admitted they had been the first to deposit waste on the ground and both acknowledged that these actions could have encouraged others to do likewise.
The Magistrates conditionally discharged both women for six months and ordered them to pay clean-up and prosecution costs of £450 (Chalfont St. Peter incident) and £350 (Great Missenden incident). A victim surcharge of £15 was also levied in each case, making a total to pay of £465 for the offender from Chalfont St. Peter and £365 for the offender from Little Kingshill.