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£1,800 court bill for man who dumped packaging on a whim

Matthew George Cox-Dioulgeridis, 21, of Minster Way, Slough, Berkshire, was convicted at High Wycombe Magistrates Court on 12th July 2017 for a fly tipping offence, after pleading guilty.

The Court heard that on 11th November 2016 a Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire investigator attended a fly tipped site at Nashdom Lane, Burnham, Buckinghamshire.  Cardboard packaging, packing tape and a plastic bag were seen dumped at the side of the road, with a packaging label addressed to Mr Cox-Dioulgeridis found within the waste.

When interviewed at a Police Station, Mr Cox-Dioulgeridis fully admitted the offence.  He stated that he had moved to a new house and had ordered a new fridge freezer.  He had put the cardboard packaging, packing tape and plastic bag from the new appliance into his car, intending to take it to the household recycling centre when he found time.  He stated that as he drove along a rural area of Burnham on the way to visit his daughter, he decided to solve his problem quickly and dumped the waste at the side of the road.    

The Magistrates fined Mr Cox-Dioulgeridis £923 and ordered him to pay £819 towards prosecution costs, plus £92 in victim surcharge.  The total to pay was therefore £1,834.

The case was investigated and 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 over 600 convictions against individuals and companies for illegal dumping and related offences.  This has resulted in a significant saving to the Buckinghamshire taxpayer over the period, principally through reduced removal and disposal costs.

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