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Flytippers land fines and costs over £1,000
BOSSES heading a crackdown on flytipping have issued a warning to others thinking of doing the same - after two men were convicted for separately dumping waste illegally around Little Marlow.
In the first case plastic drawers, cardboard and plastic packaging among other items were found left on land by Sheepridge Lane, Little Marlow.
Magistrates ordered High Wycombe man Ari Kristo to pay £1,162.52 costs, including £43.52 compensation to Little Marlow Parish Council for the clean-up.
He was fined £500 and also had to pay a victim surcharge of £15, making a total penalty of £1,677.52.
The items had been traced to a home in Hurley where he had been working.
At Wycombe magistrates' court on August 22 Mr Kristo, 37, admitted failing in his duty of care over the waste, which had been dumped illegally.
Officials said Mr Kristo admitted the waste had been produced by his work but he denied dumping it and said it had been produced and removed by his workers months earlier.
But he could not remember exactly who had taken the waste.
The second case of fly tipping, also heard on August 22, centred on a pile of soil, branches and packaging left blocking the entrance to allotments off Chapman Lane, Bourne End.
The illegally dumped waste was traced to an address in Gerrards Cross where David Muschallik had been working.
Mr Muschallik was fined £250 and ordered to pay £1,000 costs, including £500 compensation to Little Marlow Parish Council for the clean-up. A victim surcharge of £15 was also levied.
Mr Muschallik, of Howard Court, Bourne End, admitted failing in his duty of care.
He told officials he arranged for the waste to be removed by a man with a van whom he did not know and whom he had not checked was a registered waste carrier.
He provided contact details for the man but it was not possible to bring charges against him.
Both cases were brought by Buckinghamshire County Council on behalf of the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire, which has secured 331 convictions for such offences since 2003.
Bill Lidgate, chairman of the partnership, said: "If you hire someone to get rid of your waste, you have a duty of care to check that they have a waste disposal licence.
"It can be a very costly mistake to use someone who doesn’t have a licence.
"What’s more there’s a strong risk of prosecution and damage to your own good reputation.
"Illegally dumped rubbish is a blight on our environment, and it doesn't disappear by magic. The cost of clearing it falls on our residents."
Since April 2010 there has been an average of one conviction per week for illegal dumping offences in Buckinghamshire.
Illegal dumping can be reported to 0845 330 1856
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