On Wednesday 16th March 2016 a 36 year old man of Littleworth Common, South Bucks pleaded guilty at Wycombe Magistrates Court to offences of failing in his (and his company’s) duty of care regarding waste which was found dumped illegally in Beaconsfield.
The court heard that on Tuesday 10th November 2015 investigators from the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire examined dumped waste which they found in passing at the roadside on Hedgerley Lane, near Beaconsfield.
The waste was photographed and examined for evidence of origin. Details found within the dumped waste led the investigators to speak to the 36 year old man.
When interviewed at a police station, the man denied dumping the waste himself. He said that he had generated the waste as part of his building work and had taken it back to his own home where he had unloaded it from his works van. He said that he paid a passing ‘man with van’ to remove the waste and dispose of it, but he had not made any checks on the man and was unable to identify him.
The Magistrates fined the man and his company £3,990 and ordered clean-up and prosecution costs of £984 to be paid. A victim surcharge of £57 was also levied, making a total to pay of £5,031.
The case was prosecuted by Buckinghamshire County Council working on behalf of the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire.
The ‘Illegal Dumping Costs’ campaign was launched by the Waste Partnership in October 2003 to combat illegal dumping and waste management offences in Buckinghamshire. Since then the Partnership has secured 515 convictions against individuals and companies for illegal dumping and related offences.
On average, there is at least one conviction per week for illegal dumping offences in Buckinghamshire. This has resulted in a halving of reported incidents and a saving of over £1 million for residents.
Fly-tipping can be reported online or on your mobile at www.buckscc.gov.uk/fly.