A waste firm boss who stored tyres at his Portsmouth facility has been fined thousands of pounds and given a suspended prison sentence.
Brian Wade, sole director of Southern Rubber Products at West Building, Claybank Road, Portsmouth, was ordered to pay a £10,000 fine and costs of £3,511 for storing more than 780 tonnes of waste tyres.
Southern Rubber Products collected, stored, treated and exported waste tyres from the Portsmouth premises, without the necessary permits.
The firm had a number of exemptions in place allowing certain waste activities but they did not cover the large amount of tyres.
Wade pleaded guilty and was sentenced at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court to 8 weeks imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, in addition to a curfew order to remain indoors between 7pm and 6am - with electronic tag - plus an £80 victim surcharge.
When the Environment Agency inspected the site, the company had left, leaving the landlord to clear the tyres from the land, which cost £24,959.
Wade stated that there were issues in getting rid of the tyres, that the landlord wanted him off the premises and that he had health problems.
Kirsty Mayo of the Environment Agency said: “We are taking a zero tolerance approach against offenders. In cases like this where individuals consistently operate illegally, we have absolutely no hesitation in prosecuting them as we want to make sure that waste crime doesn’t pay.”