Alfred Booy, director of A1 Green Recycling, has been given an immediate custodial sentence after pleading guilty to illegally running two waste transfer stations.
In November Booy admitted three charges relating to operations at Sharpness and Dursley in Gloucesterhire.
An investigation by the Environment Agency (EA) revealed that he had failed to clear waste from the Sharpness Waste Transfer Station on Bridge Road after the landowner terminated the rental lease in October 2010.
The site was eventually repossessed in May 2012 and the EA revoked Booy’s environmental permit. To date, Booy has not cleared waste from the site.
Despite having no permit, Booy started up a second site at Bristol Road in Dursley in June 2012. EA officers witnessed waste being brought in and sorted into different streams. They also saw that many of the skips and some machinery displayed the A1 Green Recycling Limited livery.
Booy claimed that the vehicles had nothing to do with his company and were registered in his name. He would not attend an interview to clarify his position.
Sentencing took place at Gloucestershire Crown Court on 14 January. Judge Ambrose told Booy that the offences were so serious only an immediate custodial sentence could be justified.
The EA said: “The defendant was given ample opportunity to clear the site at Sharpness but failed to do so. By leaving the site full of waste, there was a potential risk to the environment and it left the landowners with a site that was unusable. Once Booy left the Sharpness site, he proceeded to move straight on to a new one which had no environmental permit in place.
“By avoiding regulation, Booy will have saved thousands of pounds. We do not tolerate waste crime and will not hesitate to prosecute in cases such as this.”
Booy told the court he did not commit the offence deliberately, and said it was a case of sheer naivety, being given poor advice and, ultimately, that he was not competent to operate a business. He also told the court that he did not have sufficient funds to clear the site and had pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity.