Fly tipping fine for Slough business

A Slough business which fly tipped a freezer the same day previous waste was removed, has been fined £9,000 in court.

On 17 August 2022 Slough Borough Council’s Environmental Services attended Grove Parade, Slough and cleared two caged vehicles of fly tipping from the rear service road.

This fly tipping was a result of a build up over time of commercial and business waste from unknown properties, which had been unlawfully deposited on the public highway.

This clean-up cost the taxpayer £743 in clean up and waste disposal costs.

After clearing this area of all unlawful waste, on the same day, the business Hamza, of 285 High Street, deposited a large industrial freezer onto the public highway.

Environmental Services discovered the additional fly tip during their routine rounds and CCTV in the area witnessed the offence which was used in court.

Council officers attempted to speak with Hamza representatives regarding the incident, but no one attended the interview or responded to any communication about the issue. 

Greg Edmond, the council’s principal housing and enforcement officer, said: “Fly tipping on the same day the area was cleared shows a blatant disregard for their waste responsibilities. All businesses have rules to follow regarding waste disposal and fly tipping it isn’t part of the brief. We hope other businesses will look at the fine given and think twice before dumping anything.”

The hearing was held at Reading Magistrates’ Court today (Friday). Representatives from Hamza did not attend, neither did they attend at the first hearing on 14 April, so the court proceeded in their absence. 

The judge found the company guilty and issued a fine of £9,000, a victim surcharge of £2,000 and full costs were awarded. The company has 28 days to pay.

Published: 12 May 2023