A Cheshire company has been fined £6,000 after its waste carrier illegally dumped material from a refurbishment.
Property Wise Facilities Management, of Winsford Industrial Estate, Winsford, pleaded guilty at High Wycombe Magistrates Court on 8 November to offences relating to waste dumped illegally on a former sports centre land at Handy Cross, High Wycombe.
The investigation and prosecution were undertaken by Buckinghamshire County Council working on behalf of the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire.
The court heard that on 25 April 2017, investigators examined a huge amount of waste dumped illegally at Handy Cross and found some of it originated from refurbishment work on a children’s nursery in Kilburn, London, carried out by Property Wise Facilities Management.
A company director admitted that a waste carrier had been used to remove the material from the nursery refurbishment job but insufficient checks had been made of the carrier’s credentials.
The magistrates fined the company £5,000 and ordered it to pay £936 compensation and prosecution costs and a victim surcharge of £76 – a total of £6,012.
Cabinet member for planning & environment Bill Chapple said: “This is a very good example of how naïve people and companies can be when unscrupulous waste carriers offer to remove waste on the cheap. These criminal operators created a mountain of waste on public land, leaving the clean-up bill to the council taxpayer.
“If your business fails to check whether a waste carrier is registered, or omits to obtain a valid waste transfer note for the removal – and then your rubbish ends up dumped illegally – you will be held to have failed in your duty of care.
”We have a zero tolerance for waste crime in Bucks and a very high prosecution rate. So using an illegal waste carrier could land you in court, with payments far greater than the cost of a genuine waste firm.”