Builder held responsible for hiring rogue waste removal man

Dragan Zdero, a 47-year-old builder from Woodland Gardens, Isleworth, appeared at High Wycombe Magistrates Court on 15 November and pleaded guilty to an offence of failing in his duty of care in relation to the disposal of building waste.

The court heard that on 23 March 2018, enforcement officers from Buckinghamshire County Council attended a field off of Old Rectory Lane, Denham, and found the shocking sight of 95 small tipper truckloads of fly-tipped waste had been left after the field was vacated by an illegal traveller encampment.

On examining the waste, in one pile the officers found evidence tracing that portion of the material back to Mr Zdero, who was interviewed under caution by council officers at Hounslow Police Station.

In court Zdero admitted that he had employed the services of an opportunist who had offered to remove and dispose of waste generated at a site he was working at in South London. He admitted that he had been negligent and did not check if the individual was registered with the Environment Agency as an authorised waste carrier. No paperwork was completed.

The Magistrates fined Zdero £650, ordered him to pay costs incurred by Buckinghamshire County Council of £700, and levied a victim surcharge of £65. He was also ordered to pay £653 compensation to the landowner - who has a total clear-up bill in the region of £60,000.

The Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire launched its SCRAP Flytipping campaign in August 2018, which urges anyone- individuals or businesses- to ensure that they act on their legal duty of care to ensure that anyone who takes their waste away is registered and bona fide.

Since November 2003, the Waste Partnership has secured over 680 fly tipping convictions and a resulting significant saving to the Buckinghamshire taxpayer, principally through costs imposed by the court to cover removal and disposal costs. In Buckinghamshire fly tippers are 16 times more likely to be successfully prosecuted than in England as a whole. 

Illegal dumping can be reported at www.fixmystreet.buckscc.gov.uk