Our thanks to Taylor Wimpey for attending and clearing all the garden waste that had been fly tipped along the woodland walk public open space at the edge of Castlemead, as part of their site maintenance prior to handover to Buckinghamshire Council. Residents are reminded that public open spaces are just that, open areas for all to enjoy, and not waste ground.
Fly Tipping of garden waste is a criminal offence, just like the fly tipping of other materials. The term describes any illegal disposal of waste without an environmental permit and is a wide-ranging offence. Fly-tipping can be dangerous, pollutes land and waterways and costs the council tax payer significant amounts of money to clear away. The legislation is contained in Section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act
The penalties for fly-tipping set out in the Environmental Protection Act 1990 were increased through the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005. It is now a criminal offence punishable by :-
- An unlimited fine or 6 months’ imprisonment if convicted in a Magistrates’ Court.
- The offence can attract an unlimited fine and/or up to 5 years imprisonment if convicted in a Crown Court.
- In addition to fines, those found guilty of fly-tipping may also have to pay legal costs and compensation, which can greatly increase the financial implications of illegal dumping.
Please ensure you preserve and care for the woodland walk and other open space. Dispose of garden waste in your brown bin, garden compost bin or take it to the household waste site. If you use a contractor to take away your garden waste, make sure they have a permit. If you spot any one fly tipping, garden or other waste, please report it to https://www.buckscc.gov.uk/services/waste-and-recycling/fly-tipping/
Sadly, after Christmas we typically see an increase in dumped waste in our woodland and open spaces, including discarded Christmas trees, wreaths and table decorations. Please make sure that this Christmas, if you choose real decorations, that you dispose of them correctly.