Man pleads guilty over rubbish dumped after sale of his van


Wayne Johnson, 31, of Common Road, Langley, Berkshire, appeared at High Wycombe Magistrates Court on March 29, pleading guilty to failing in his duty of care as a householder.

The court heard that an enforcement officer from Buckinghamshire County Council found a pile of waste dumped illegally in Holly Bush Lane, Iver, on 9 August 2016. Evidence within the waste led officers to interview Mr Johnson at a local police station.

At the hearing the court was told that Mr Johnson sold his old Ford Transit van in July 2016, and the back of the van was full of his waste when it changed hands. He made no arrangements for the separate disposal of the rubbish and failed to carry out any checks on the person buying the van. The rubbish left in the van was then dumped illegally in Holly Bush Lane.

Giving Mr Johnson credit for an early plea, magistrates fined him £405.  They ordered him to pay prosecution costs of £1,092.50 and a victim surcharge of £40 was also levied  –  making a total to pay of £1,537.50.

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 nearly 600 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 significant reduction in the number of offences and a saving to the Buckinghamshire tax payer over the period, principally through reducing removal and disposal costs.

Report fly-tipping in Buckinghamshire at or call 0845 330 1856.

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