A businessman from Evesham, Worcestershire, has been fined £8,315 for the improper dismantling of cars and careless practice.
The Environment Agency took Richard Francis Hartwell to court and he pleaded guilty to four charges relating to non-compliance to his waste management licence and depositing end-of-life vehicles on land which did not have a licence in force.
EA inspectors found that Hartwell was storing waste inappropriately and vehicles containing potentially polluting liquids remained on the site where he worked. Batteries and engines were being stored in the yard and were not put in appropriately sealed containers. Engines were leaking oil and other spills were seen on the yard.
An EA spokeswoman said: Mr Hartwell was repeatedly warned about the illegal waste activities taking place on his site. People that operate without an appropriate permit, as granted EA, are putting both the environment and human health at risk. They are operating without proper authorisation and also have an unfair competitive advantage over legitimate waste operators.
In mitigation, Worcester Magistrates Court heard that Hartwell accepted that his yard was previously non-compliant and that improvements have now been made to the site.