A waste operator from Louth has been fined £1,000 and ordered to pay costs of £18,000 for illegally dumping thousands of tonnes of waste.
Barry Patchett, 53, pleaded guilty of operating a waste storage facility on land in Grimsby, Lincolnshire, without an environmental permit.
Environment Agency (EA) and Lincolnshire Police officers found more than 9,000 tonnes of materials, which included demolition and green waste, in September 2013.
They had to make a forced entry following several failed attempts to carry out a full site inspection.
The EA said that in February 2014 more waste appeared to have been deposited at the entrance and that a rubble pile had grown.
Patchett and his company, BJ Patchett & Sons Ltd, were asked to attend an interview but they declined. The company entered liquidation in August 2013.
The man initially pleaded not guilty, but later admitted the offence in a trial at Lincoln magistrates court.
Richard Banwell, prosecuting for the Environment Agency, said: “The offence was committed over several months and it was financially motivated because the waste operation was part of his business. Patchett also failed to respond to advice or to clear the site as requested.”
But according to the EA, district Judge Stobart said it was not a case deserving the severest penalty. He said Patchett may have given “too little time and thoughts” to the requirements and knew he had to make changes to keep the business running.
In mitigation, the defence said the operator had been confused by environmental regulations and thought his waste facility was compliant. It was also his first environmental offence.