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£1,800 fine for dumping household waste

A woman from Slough has pleaded guilty at High Wycombe Magistrates Court to an offence of dumping household waste illegally.

The court heard that on 4 January 2017 officers from the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire examined seven black sacks of waste they found dumped on Trenches Lane, Wexham, Bucks. Among the household waste they found items which they identified as belonging to 31 year old Magdalena Heberlein.

When interviewed at a police station, Ms Heberlein, of Mead Avenue, Slough, explained that she had excess household waste and said there had been no household waste collection between Christmas and New Year. She had driven the waste herself hoping to use the recycling site at Langley, but had found it shut as it was during the evening after work. She admitted depositing the waste at the roadside further down Trenches Lane.

The Magistrates fined Ms Heberlein £1,216, and ordered clean-up and prosecution costs to be paid in the sum of £485. A victim surcharge of £121 was also levied – making a total to pay of £1,822.

All of Buckinghamshire’s household recycling centres are open every day of the year except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. No charge is made for householders dealing with their own household waste.

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, the council says. “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.”

April 2017