Man fined over £800 for dumping polystyrene in rural spot
Jim Peter Draper, 33, of Leylands Lane, Staines-upon-Thames, Surrey, was convicted at High Wycombe Magistrates Court on 29 March 2017 for a fly tipping offence, after pleading guilty.
The court heard that on the morning of 23 August 2016 a passing motorist saw Mr Draper’s white van parked on the nearside of the road in Seven Hills Road, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire. Mr Draper was seen to throw polystyrene onto the ground to the side of the van and then get into the driver’s side of the van. The motorist was able to take down the registration number of the van and the incident was reported to the local authority. Enquiries were made as to the ownership of the van on the relevant date.
A Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire investigator interviewed Mr Draper at a police station, where he fully admitted the offence. He stated that he had been to a local green waste site and, on his return, stopped to go to the toilet at the side of the road. He had polystyrene packaging in his van from a new TV and decided to dump the polystyrene at the side of the road at the same time.
The Magistrates fined Mr Draper £300 and ordered him to pay £500 towards prosecution costs, plus £30 in victim surcharge. The total to pay was therefore £830.
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 583 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 reducing removal and disposal costs.
Report fly-tipping in Buckinghamshire at www.buckscc.gov.uk/fly or call 0845 330 1856.