04:42AM, Wednesday 10 October 2012
A Burnham homeowner has been prosecuted after using a fly-tipper to collect his rubbish.
Waste belonging to Mohinder Singh Panesar was found illegally dumped in Crow Piece Lane following an investigation by South Bucks District Council, Bucks County Council and Slough Borough Council.
The 28-year-old, of Crosthwaite Way, was fined at Slough Magistrates Court on Thursday after failing to check whether the refuse collector was authorised.
He was ordered to pay £365, including a £50 fine, £15 victim surcharge and £300 costs.
Slough Borough Council is now warning homeowners they could be committing an offence if they hand over waste to someone without checking they are registered.
Cllr Satpal Parmar, commissioner for environment and open spaces, said: "There are companies and individuals out there who make a profit from illegally dumping waste, undercutting the reputable companies who go to the effort of complying with the law.
"Fly-tipped waste blights communities and damages the environment.
"Such illegal practices will not be tolerated and we will continue to work with our partners to prosecute those who break the law."
A list of registered waste collectors can be found on the Environment Agency website. Visit www.environment-agency.gov.uk for details.
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