Fly tipping costs Slough resident £2,000
Mr Adheel Hussain, 33, of Mirador Crescent, Slough, pleaded guilty at High Wycombe Magistrates Court on 4 January 2017 to an offence of the illegal dumping of waste which took place in August 2016.
The court heard that on 9 August 2016, Buckinghamshire County Council enforcement officer Chris Smith found a quantity of waste cardboard and polystyrene dumped illegally in a ditch in Billet Lane, Iver. Mr Hussain’s name and address were found amongst the rubbish and he was interviewed under caution by enforcement officers. He admitted that he dumped the rubbish out of frustration after he arrived at the household waste recycling centre at Chalvey, Slough, and found it had closed.
The Magistrates fined Mr Hussain £1,000, and awarded full clean-up and prosecution costs to be paid to the council in the sum of £1,000. A victim surcharge was also levied.
Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire Chairman Sir Beville Stanier said: "Rather than returning home with his rubbish when he found the household waste and recycling centre closed, this man decided to drive into the countryside and dump his waste at the roadside. The judgement handed down by the magistrates reflects the strong feeling in the community about this kind of behaviour."
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 571 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 it online or via the illegal dumping reporting hotline 0845 330 1856.