The Environment Agency (EA) has won its first court order banning an operator from working within the waste industry.
In a case at Taunton Crown Court, Bernard Molloy, a 53-year-old builder, was ordered to undergo 150 hours of community service and pay £2,500 towards the investigation costs for dumping and burning waste illegally.
He was also given a five-year criminal behaviour order stipulating that he cannot collect, carry, transport or deposit any waste for business. Nor may he use any vehicle to collect, carry, transport or deposit waste as a business.
Molloy is also required not to visit the field in Merriot, near Crewkerne, which was used for his criminal activity, and risks jail if he breaches it.
EA officers filmed him arriving at the field with waste and leaving unladen. He was also filmed burning waste.
When questioned, Molloy said he was in the “waste clearing business” and admitted tipping rubble and hardcore in the field to make a track.
He admitted he did not have a waste carrier’s licence but denied tipping other waste, implying that other people had entered the site and done so.
Molloy admitted depositing controlled waste, including rubble, timber, electrical items and various mixed and commercial waste, without an environmental permit.
He was also convicted of illegally burning waste in a manner likely to cause pollution or harm to human health.