'Thoughtless' decision over rubbish dumping leads to hefty bill

'Thoughtless' decision over rubbish dumping leads to hefty bill

Hannah Crouch

'Thoughtless' decision over rubbish dumping leads to hefty bill

A 'thoughtless' decision made by a Slough woman has led to her being given a conditional discharge and ordered to pay £515 in costs.

Kellie Murray, of Long Readings Lane, pleaded guilty to three offences under the Environmental Protection Act at Slough Magistrates’ Court on November 7.

The 25-year-old paid two men £20 to get rid of rubbish which was found dumped in South Bucks.

South Bucks District Council [SBDC] found Murray’s address on a label amongst the rubbish which was found in Allerds Road, Burnham, on December 2 last year.

Unable to trace the two men, SBDC passed the matter on to Slough Borough Council [SBC] who took action against Murray for failing to check where the rubbish was going.

Linda Corcoran, enforcement officer for SBC neighbourhood services team, said: "Ms Murray didn’t dump the rubbish herself – she simply made a thoughtless decision to let the men take it away for her.

"But each of us has a legal obligation to make sure any rubbish we hand over is given to people who are authorised to take it, so while our priority is catching the fly-tippers themselves, we also take action against those who fail in this responsibility.

"I hope this will make others stop and think before giving their rubbish to someone without checking where it's going."

Murray received a 12-month conditional discharge for each offence which she will serve concurrently. 

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