A man who opportunistically collected waste from building projects and house renovations, as a way to make a quick profit, has seen his actions land him a hefty fine and a criminal record, after being caught fly-tipping on five separate occasions.
Daniel Morris, 29, from Feltham, pleaded guilty at High Wycombe Magistrates Court on Wednesday, June 29 2022 for the offence of dumping five large loads of waste.
Morris offered disposal services to residential properties where building works were taking place & then illegally dumped the waste in the Amersham & Little Missenden areas.
Morris collected waste, including electrical items, furniture and kitchen units, doors, beds, fridges and building waste from various residential premises and dumped it – without permission – wherever he could. On one occasion he broke into a private gateway and dumped the waste in a farmer’s field.
Morris pleaded guilty to all five charges. Magistrates fined him £250 and ordered him to pay clean up costs of £1,500. A victim surcharge was also levied, making a total to pay of £1,784.
Gareth Williams, Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Environment at Buckinghamshire Council, said: “This case highlights the dangers of paying an unlicensed waste carrier. You don’t know how they are going to dispose of your waste and the chances are, they will do so unlawfully. Not only could your actions lead to you being prosecuted as well, by using rogue traders like this you could indirectly be allowing fly-tipping to happen in your community.”