Resident fined after rubbish found dumped in the woods

  |  Published: Oct 5th 2015
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A resident whose sacks of household rubbish were found dumped in a wood was fined £200 by Wycombe magistrates on Wednesday (September 30).

Cindy Williams (37), of Highwood Avenue, High Wycombe, admitted failing in her duty of care as a householder regarding the waste, which had been dumped illegally.

The court heard that on November 17, 2014, a large amount of household rubbish in sacks was found dumped in woodland near her home.

When investigators from the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire examined the sacks, they found correspondence belonging to Ms Williams.

Interviewed later, Ms Williams denied dumping the waste and said she had paid ‘men with a van’ to remove it. She had not checked their credentials and could do nothing to help investigators trace them.

In addition to the £200 fine, magistrates ordered her to pay clean-up and prosecution costs of £650 and a victim surcharge of £20 – making a total to pay of £870.

The case was brought by Buckinghamshire County Council on behalf of the Waste Partnership.

The Waste Partnership launched their Illegal Dumping Costs campaign in November 2003 to stamp out flytipping and waste management offences in Buckinghamshire. Since then they have had 499 convictions against individuals and companies for illegal dumping and related offences.

On average, there is at one conviction per week for illegal dumping offences in Buckinghamshire. This has resulted in a halving of reported incidents and a saving of more than £1 million for residents. 

Flytipping can be reported by uploading details, including location and photos, online or on a smart phone at

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