Householder pays over £2,000 after 'man with a van' fly tips his waste
Clayton Sadler, 38, of Lynhurst Crescent, Uxbridge, failed to attend High Wycombe Magistrates Court on 10 July, and was found guilty in his absence of failing in his duty of care as a householder over waste that was illegally dumped.
The court heard that an Enforcement Officer from Buckinghamshire County Council found a pile of waste that had been fly-tipped in Andrew Hill Lane, Hedgerley, on 15 September 2016. Evidence within the waste led officers to interview Mr Sadler at Southall Police Station.
At the hearing the court was told that Mr Sadler allowed a 'man with van' type service to take his household waste and failed to carry out any checks on the waste carrier and also failed to consider that a £60 cash payment to an anonymous van owner might lead to an offence of fly-tipping.
The Magistrates considered the case and found Mr Sadler guilty they fined him £660. They ordered him to pay prosecution costs of £1,407.50 and a victim surcharge of £66 was also levied – making a total to pay of ££2,133.50 a collection order was also made. South Bucks District Council Cabinet Member for Environment Luisa Sullivan, speaking on behalf of the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire, said: "It's with good reason that the law penalises householders that fail to check on the credentials of people who take away their waste - we all have a responsibility to ensure that waste is disposed of properly".
The case was investigated and 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 over 600 convictions against individuals and companies for illegal dumping and related offences. This has resulted in a significant saving to the Buckinghamshire taxpayer over the period, principally through reduced removal and disposal costs.
If you see any dumped waste please report it as soon as possible online at http://old.buckscc.gov.uk/fly