30 year old Joseph Symonds, formerly of Wyresdale, Bracknell, was convicted at Reading Magistrates Court on 14 March 2018 after pleading guilty to failing to comply with the duty of care required under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. Mr Symonds was ordered to pay £2,508 in fines and costs.
Dumped rubbish was found in the car park at Savernake Pond, Bracknell by a street cleansing operative in October 2016. Evidence was found in the rubbish which related to a Surrey resident. On investigation, it was established that the resident had found Joseph Symonds, via an internet search, and had paid him to take the rubbish and dispose of it at Longshot Lane Recycling Centre.
Accepting guilt, Mr Symonds advised the court that he had been paid £50 to dispose of the waste but had in fact sold the waste on to someone else to dispose on his behalf. He paid this person £65 and accepted he had not undertaken proper checks of who he then sold the waste on to.
Mr Symonds was prosecuted by officers from the Public Protection Partnership for failing in his duty of care to carry and dispose of the waste correctly. Mr Symonds pleaded guilty and was fined £462 and ordered to pay £46 in surcharges and £2,000 in costs.
Commenting on the case, Steve Loudoun, chairman of the Public Protection Management Board, said:
“This case demonstrates that using new powers under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, the Public Protection Partnership will pursue those who do not deal with waste correctly, whether or not they actually dump the waste. This fine sends a clear message to would-be perpetrators.”
He went on to say:
“Any Bracknell, West Berkshire or Wokingham resident that has concerns about activity of this nature, or any other trading standards or public protection matter, should contact the service on 01635 519930 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.”
The Public Protection Partnership is a shared service of Bracknell Forest Council, West Berkshire Council and Wokingham Borough Council and delivers trading standards, environmental health and licensing functions.