Builder prosecuted after waste is dumped by unknown carrier

Fernando Dos Reis Serrao, a 36 year old builder of Derrington Road, Tooting, attended High Wycombe Magistrates on 25 July 2018, pleading guilty to an offence of failing in his duty of care after his waste was found illegally dumped.   

The court heard that in March 2018 an enormous amount of waste was found illegally dumped in a field off Old Rectory Lane, Denham, and evidence identifying the origin of one specific portion of the waste was found by investigators.

Subsequently Mr Serrao was interviewed under caution by council officers working on behalf of the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire. 

In court he admitted that he had employed the services of an opportunist waste removal operator to remove and dispose of waste that he had generated at a site he was working at in West London. He claimed that he was shown waste carrier documentation, but took little interest and did not check if the individual was registered with the Environment Agency as an authorised carrier. No paperwork was completed. 

The Magistrates fined Serrao £800, and ordered him to pay costs incurred by Buckinghamshire County Council of £500 and a victim surcharge of £80. Serrao was also ordered to pay £653 compensation to the victim in this case, the owner of the land who now has a huge bill to clear the site. This left Serrao with a total of £2,033 to pay.  

The case was investigated and prosecuted by Buckinghamshire County Council on behalf of the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire.

In August 2018, the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire launched its SCRAP Flytipping campaign, which urges anyone- individuals or businesses- to ensure that they act on their legal duty of care to ensure that anyone who takes their waste away is registered and bona fide.

Since November 2003, the Waste Partnership has secured over 660 fly tipping convictions and a resulting significant saving to the Buckinghamshire taxpayer, principally through costs imposed by the court to cover removal and disposal costs. In Buckinghamshire fly tippers are 16 times more likely to be successfully prosecuted than in England as a whole. 

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