Buckinghamshire waste firm fined thousands for waste offences

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Westside Land Ltd has been fined £20,000 for abandoning an unsafe waste trailer in a lay-by

A waste company based in Buckinghamshire has been fined a staggering £20,000 after an employee deserted a collapsing waste trailer in a lay-by and left it for Buckinghamshire County Council to deal with.

In June last year, police received a report of an abandoned container which had been parked in the lay-by at Frith Hill, Great Missenden. They attended the scene and found a waste trailer full of mixed waste materials and leaning dangerously towards the road.

A waste firm has been fined £20,000 after an employee dumped a waste trailer in a highway lay-by

The waste trailer was dangerously leaning to one side

Police closed the B485 amid fears that the trailer could collapse and cause a serious road hazard.

No one had come forward to claim the trailer as theirs and no attempts had been made by its owner to clear it away safely. Buckinghamshire County Council had to empty the trailer of its waste contents. It took two days for the 56 tonnes of waste to be removed from the trailer before it could be safely taken away.

The trailer had no traceable registration information but investigators from the council’s environment team traced the waste contents back to Westside Land Ltd, situated in Weston Turville, Aylesbury.

When approached, Westside Land Ltd denied any knowledge of the incident and claimed the driver had left the trailer there in error. However, in Wycombe Magistrates’ Court the firm pleaded guilty to negligence and failing in its duty of care.

They were fined £20,000 by the magistrates. Mark Shaw, of Buckinghamshire County Council, said: “The negligence in this incident could easily have put lives at risk, with a very unstable load abandoned next to a fast section of road. We are grateful that full compensation has been awarded…”

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