Car dealership pays £3,600 over dumped engine oil
Car dealership Cherry Orchard Chariots Ltd, of Trenches Lane, Wexham, Bucks, pleaded guilty at High Wycombe Magistrates Court on 4 January 2017 to a fly-tipping offence relating to dumped engine oil.
The court heard that on 24 May 2016 a car belonging to the company was filmed by a fly-tipping surveillance camera as the driver and passenger deposited two blue containers at the roadside off Love Hill Lane, Wexham, near Langley, Slough.
The two 40-litre containers were found to hold waste engine oil - but before specialist removal could take place, arsonists set fire to one of the containers causing it to melt and spill oil across the road, requiring extensive clean-up work.
The vehicle was traced through its registration number to Cherry Orchard Chariots Ltd. When interviewed at a police station, a director of the company admitted that the firm owned the vehicle, but denied knowledge of the fly-tipping. He said he had sent a temporary employee to take waste – which did not include engine oil - to an appropriate site using the vehicle. He said he did not know or recognise the second man and confirmed that the temp had left the company’s employment. Despite investigation, it proved impossible to trace either of the men.
The Magistrates fined Cherry Orchard Chariots Ltd £2,000, and ordered clean-up and prosecution costs to be paid in the sum of £1,421.80. A victim surcharge of £200 was also levied – making a total to pay of £3,621.80.
Chairman of the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire Sir Beville Stanier said: "This case shows the environmental consequence of fly-tipping… not only were the waste oil containers dumped in a beauty spot, but their presence triggered an act of arson that made the environmental damage considerably worse.
"It is surprising that the company authorised use of their vehicle by two such irresponsible men with such flimsy ties to the business. The court viewed the matter as a serious environmental crime - and fined the company accordingly".
The case was prosecuted by Buckinghamshire County Council working on behalf of the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire. The Waste Partnership launched the 'Illegal Dumping Costs' campaign in November 2003 to combat illegal dumping and waste management offences in Buckinghamshire. Since that date the Partnership has secured 570 convictions against individuals and companies for illegal dumping and related offences. On average, since April 2010, there has been at least one conviction per week for illegal dumping offences in Buckinghamshire. This has resulted in a halving of reported incidents and a significant saving to the Buckinghamshire tax payer over the period, principally through reducing removal and disposal costs.
If a person sees anyone dumping waste illegally in Buckinghamshire, they can report in online or via the hotline on 0845 330 1856.