Man claims 'community act' led to fly tipping

A Burnham man claimed in court that what was intended to be a good community act ended up with him fly tipping in a country lane.

Matthew David Evans, 21, of St Peters Close, Burnham, pleaded guilty at High Wycombe Magistrates Court on 13 December 2017 to an offence of depositing waste plasterboard illegally.

The court heard that on 7 July 2017 a surveillance camera targeting fly-tipping at Allerds Road, Burnham captured images of plasterboard being deposited from a car registered to Mr Evans.

When interviewed at a police station, Evans explained that he had been taking waste to the household recycling centre at Crowpiece Lane, Burnham, and that he had seen the plasterboard in the middle of the road.  He said he picked the plasterboard up and took it to the site along with his own waste with the intention of disposing of it as a good community act.

On reaching Burnham Household Recycling Centre, he was informed that the site was unable to accept deposits of plasterboard and advised to take it instead to either the Beaconsfield site or the one at Langley.  He told the court that he didn't have enough fuel or time to make the additional journey, so he decided to deposit the waste back on the ground, but in a different location from where he had picked it up. There was no one with him to corroborate his explanation, and he accepted that he had acted illegally in depositing the plasterboard where he did.

The Magistrates fined Evans £192, and ordered prosecution costs to be paid in the sum of £500.  He was ordered to pay clean up compensation of £50 and a victim surcharge of £30 was also levied - making a total to pay of £772.

The case was investigated and prosecuted by Buckinghamshire County Council working on behalf of the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire. Since November 2003 the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire has secured over 640 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 witness fly tipping taking place, or wish to report illegally dumped waste, please provide details online at www.buckscc.gov.uk