‘ I thought it was a re­cy­cling cen­tre’

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They range from “the waste fell off the back of my ve­hi­cle as I drove along” to “I didn’t dump it – I was there, but I only stopped to do a wee.”

Fu­ri­ous mem­bers of a waste part­ner­ship in Buck­ing­hamshire pub­lished the list af­ter bring­ing hun­dreds of flytippers to court in a ‘zero tol­er­ance’ cam­paign over the last 13 years.

Now they hope the cat­a­logue of con­fes­sions will help pre­vent fur­ther of­fences by shin­ing the spot­light on their fight against the il­le­gal dump­ing of rub­bish.

Chair­man of the Joint Waste Part­ner­ship for Buck­ing­hamshire Mike Smith said: “The ex­cuses range from the ba­nal to bonkers and the bot­tom line is – there is no ex­cuse for fly-tip­ping.

“Fly-tip­ping is a haz­ard, it’s anti-so­cial and an eye­sore. It’s quite wrong to ex­pect the tax­payer to pay for clear­ing away dumped items and I am de­lighted that as time goes on, the pub­lic and courts are com­ing on board and help­ing us achieve re­ally ef­fec­tive pros­e­cu­tion re­sults.”

Since 2003, the part­ner­ship – an or­gan­i­sa­tion com­pris­ing all the lo­cal au­thor­i­ties in the county – has se­cured more than 500 con­vic­tions through the Il­le­gal Dump­ing Costs cam­paign.

Of­fi­cials es­ti­mate this has re­sulted in net sav­ings of around £2mil­lion to Bucks County Coun­cil over the pe­riod, and up to a fur­ther mil­lion for the dis­trict coun­cils, prin­ci­pally through re­duc­ing re­moval and dis­posal costs.

Bucks County Coun­cil’s cab­i­net mem­ber for plan­ning and en­vi­ron­ment, which in­ves­ti­gates and pros­e­cutes the case on be­half of the part­ner­ship, War­ren Whyte said: “Our of­fi­cers compiled this list to show the type of ex­cuses that peo­ple are mak­ing af­ter be­ing caught.

“While ini­tially ap­pear­ing hu­mor­ous, this is ac­tu­ally no laugh­ing mat­ter be­cause fly-tip­ping has blighted our beau­ti­ful Buck­ing­hamshire coun­try­side over many years. The ex­tra­or­di­nary ar­ro­gance of those who dump rub­bish in our roads, parks and coun­try lanes is sick­en­ing and we will do ev­ery­thing in our power to pre­vent it.”

Bucks County Coun­cil leader Mar­tin Tett said: “We are proud of what has been achieved but we re­ally do need to keep up the pres­sure and hope that the courts back us with ap­pro­pri­ate penal­ties on con­vic­tion. I am amazed at the dump­ing I reg­u­larly see, and am aware of the dam­age this does to our en­vi­ron­ment. Stop­ping this scourge has to re­main a pri­or­ity for us.”

En­force­ment of­fi­cer David Round­ing added: “I am con­tin­u­ally as­ton­ished at the type of ex­cuses given.

“There are some very odd ones, but the ex­cuse that’s num­ber one in our book is the plain ‘I paid a man to take it.’

This is of­ten an easy op­tion but it can backfire as some busi­nesses and house­hold­ers do not re­alise that they have a duty of care to en­sure their waste is dis­posed of prop­erly; and they could there­fore be pros­e­cuted even if they in­no­cently pay an un­reg­is­tered trader to do it for them.

“The trick is to al­ways check if the per­son they are pay­ing is a reg­is­tered waste car­rier.

“We do need peo­ple to keep a record of the man with van’s de­tails or ve­hi­cle reg­is­tra­tion num­ber so if the waste does turn up dumped il­le­gally they can tell us who took it away.”

To check whether some­one is a reg­is­tered waste car­rier, go to http:// epr.en­vi­ron­ment-agency. go v. u k / e P R I n t e r n e t / SearchRegis­ters.aspx.

If any­one spots waste be­ing dumped il­le­gally in Buck­ing­hamshire, they can re­port it on­line at www.

Rub­bish in Shire Lane, Chal­font St Peter

A pile of waste left re­cently in Stony Lane, Lit­tle Chal­font

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