'Angry and frustrated' man dumps rubbish in lane when tip is closed

A householder who found his local Household Recycling Centre (HRC) closed resorted to dumping the rubbish in a nearby lane.

Kris Hann, 37, of The Parkway, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, was convicted after pleading guilty to a fly tipping offence at High Wycombe Magistrates Court on 27 September 2017.

The Court heard that on 4 January 2017, a Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire investigator discovered fly-tipped household waste in a ditch at the side of the road in Billet Lane, Iver.  The dumped waste included cardboard packaging, a plastic drink container, food packaging, plastic bags and bedding.  A packaging label found within the dumped waste was traced to Hann's address.

Mr Hann was interviewed at a Police Station by Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire investigators, where he made full admission.  He stated that on the day in question he took two loads of his rubbish to the HRC at Langley, but when he tried to take a third load, he found the site closed. This made him frustrated and angry, as he believed a Council website had stated that the site should still be open.

Rather than take the rubbish back home, he decided to dump it in a ditch at the side of the road in Billet Lane, a short distance from the HRC.  Mr Hann also claimed that the local Council had failed to collect his household waste from the front of his house over the Christmas period, which had also fuelled his frustration.

The Magistrates fined Hann £866 and ordered him to pay £836 towards prosecution costs, plus £86 in victim surcharge.  The total to pay was £1,788.

Since November 2003 the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire  has secured over 610 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.

If you see any dumped waste please report it as soon as possible online at http://old.buckscc.gov.uk/fly