Contractor traced from waste left at illegal encampment

Yurly Salyuk, 41, of Wickham Chase, West Wickham, in the London Borough of Bromley, pleaded guilty at Wycombe Magistrates Court on 21 November 2018 to an offence of failing in his duty of care for waste that was created through his work as a building contractor.

The court heard that a large amount of waste had been found in a field off Windsor Road, Stoke Poges, Bucks, on 16 August 2018. This was left behind after an illegal encampment had take place on the site. One of the piles of waste was traced back to a building site in South London for which Mr Salyuk was the contractor. When interviewed, Mr Salyuk stated that he had paid an unknown man in cash to take the waste from the site.

The Magistrates fined Mr Salyuk £1,000, and ordered him to pay clean-up and prosecution costs of £1,500 making a total to pay of £2,500. They ordered that the full amount was to be paid immediately.

South Bucks District Council Cabinet Member for Environment Luisa Sullivan, speaking on behalf of the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire, said: "The appalling mess in this incident shows the considerable environmental damage caused by organised waste crime. This kind of criminal depends on people - such as the the building contractor in this case - who continue to have waste removed for cash with no questions asked. That's why we prosecute people whenever possible if they have failed in their duty to dispose of their waste properly."

The Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire launched its SCRAP Flytipping campaign in August 2018, 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 690 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. 

Illegal dumping can be reported at www.fixmystreet.buckscc.gov.uk

The requirements for disposing of commercial waste can be checked on the government website: www.gov.uk/managing-your-waste-an-overview