Building company director fined for failure of duty of care over waste

Artur Andrzej Dlugosz, a 35 year old builder of Southway, Guildford, and the Director of D&B International Limited, attended High Wycombe Magistrates on 23 February 2018, and pleaded guilty to an offence of failing in his and his company's duty of care after waste was found illegally dumped.   

The court heard that in April 2017, an enormous amount of waste was found illegally dumped underneath the A40 at Denham. Evidence identifying the origin of one specific part of the waste was found by investigators, and subsequently Mr Dlugosz was interviewed under caution by council officers working on behalf of the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire. 

In court he admitted that he had employed the services of an opportunist a 'man with van'-type operator to remove and dispose of waste that he had 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, and that no paperwork was completed. 

The Magistrates fined Dlugosz £750, ordered him to pay costs incurred by Buckinghamshire County Council of £789, a victim surcharge of £75 was levied. This left him with a bill of £1,614. D&B International Limited were also fined £250 and ordered to pay £789 towards costs and a victim surcharge of £30 was also levied against the company.  

The case was investigated and prosecuted by Buckinghamshire County Council working on behalf of the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire. Since November 2003 the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire has secured over 640 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.