A man has pleaded guilty to illegally dumping rubbish just metres away from a waste recycling centre in Burnham.

Artur Woszcyna, 25, of Clare Road, Maidenhead, pleaded guilty at High Wycombe Magistrates Court on January 20 to an offence of illegally dumping controlled waste in Crowpiece Lane.

The court heard how a pile of rubbish was found dumped in the lane on August 19 last year, just a couple of hundred metres from Bucks County Council’s household waste recycling centre on the same road.

Letters addressed to Mr Woszcyna were found in the dumped rubbish when it was examined by a BCC enforcement officer and he was interviewed by officers from the Waste Partnership for Bucks before admitting one office of fly-tipping.

Mr Woszcyna told the court that at the time of the offence he was unfamiliar with the area, was under a lot of pressure and had to leave his home unexpectedly.

He was ordered to pay a £725 fine, contribute £300 towards costs and also pay a £73 victim surcharge, leaving him with a total bill of £1,098.

The case was prosecuted by Buckinghamshire County Council working on behalf of the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire, which launched its ‘Illegal Dumping costs’ campaign in October 2003 to tackle illegal dumping and waste management offences in Bucks.

They have secured over 500 convictions against individuals and companies so far, averaging at least one per week.

To report fly-tipping, upload details including location and photos at www.buckscc.gov.uk/fly.