An illegal waste site owner claiming to be recycling materials for use in construction has received a six-month suspended prison sentence.
Complaints about Clive Payne, owner and operator of Celtic Mineral Recovery (Senghenydd) Limited (CMR), tipping controlled waste at his site near Caerphilly were made to Environment Agency Wales (EAW) between November 2005 and March 2006.
Payne claimed he was recycling waste material to produce an aggregate for concrete block manufacture. But EAW officers found soils and sub-soils contaminated with metal, plastic, wood and glass which had been illegally tipped on a steep slope on-site.
Against EAW advice, Payne continued this operation and refused to co-operate. Consequently he was arrested, questioned and found guilty in June 2007.
However, sentencing was delayed until more recently due to Paynes ill-health. His suspended sentence includes a curfew, meaning he must stay at home between 9.30pm and 7am for the next three months.
The investigations senior environment officer John Rock said: Payne refused to accept our advice and persistently operated outside the regulations. This incident could have been avoided but Paynes attitude towards law and regulation was that he would stop activities only when he had been found guilty by the courts.