A Buckinghamshire woman has been fined £1,800 for dumping household waste when she found her local recycling centre was closed.
Magdalena Heberlein, of Mead Avenue, Slough, pleaded guilty at High Wycombe Magistrates Court to dumping the waste illegally.
In January 2017, seven black sacks of waste found at Trenches Lane in Wexham were examined by officers from the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire who identified items belonging to Heberlein.
When interviewed by police, Heberlein explained that she had excess household waste and there had been no collection between Christmas and New Year.
As a result she took the waste in her car, intending to use the recycling site at Langley after work but found it shut during the evening. So she dumped it.
Magistrates fined Heberlein £1,216, and ordered her to pay clean-up and prosecution costs of £485. A victim surcharge of £121 was also levied – making a total of £1,822.
The case was prosecuted by Buckinghamshire County Council working on behalf of the waste partnership.
The partnership launched its ‘Illegal Dumping Costs’ campaign in November 2003 to combat illegal dumping and waste management offences in Buckinghamshire.
Since then it has secured nearly 600 convictions against individuals and companies.
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