Three members of a family in Wales have been sentenced to carry out unpaid work in the community after pleading guilty to operating a scrap metal recycling facilities without a permit.
Natural Resources Wales carried out an investigation between June 2011 and May 2012 into George Jones, his partner Jenny Frearson and son Nening Jones and the three plots of land they used at Carew Airfield in Pembrokeshire.
The family operated two companies across the three sites, GLF Recycling and Enviroventure, both of which were charged with permit-related offences such as waste being stored in the wrong place.
Records found during the investigation show that the two companies earned more than £1m through the sale of scrap from the three sites.
Nenning Jones was sentenced to a 12-month community order with 160 hours unpaid work, Jennifer Frearson a 12-month community order with 50 hours unpaid work and George Jones received a 24-month community order with 260 hours unpaid work.
Mary Youell, South West operations manager for Natural Resources Wales, said: “The motivation behind the crime was financial. The site did not have the necessary permissions and consequently the infrastructure to protect the environment and it undercut legitimate permitted sites.
“Disposing of waste illegally can harm the environment and undermines businesses that invest in the required measures. It is essential that we take action in such cases to protect people and the environment, as well as safeguarding the market place for legitimate operators.”