A man has been fined £3,000 and given 240 hours of unpaid community work for operating a waste facility without a permit.
Nicholas Frank Puddy from Ullenwood, near Cheltenham, pleaded guilty to three charges brought by the Environment Agency (EA) at Cheltenham Magistrates’ court.
EA officers were alerted by the local council that waste was being burnt at the site known as the Salad Bowl. They found waste being burnt along with evidence of previously burnt material and waste materials piled up on the site including white goods, wooden furniture, paper, rubble, tiles, toilets and other electrical items.
A notice to remove the waste was served on the 12 September 2012 for removal by 16 October 2012, but a large quantity of waste was still on site by the deadline date.
Puddy said that the waste came from his work in the household clearance business and only remained on site for a short period, prior to being taken to landfill, but then admitted to burning some waste on site as he could not afford landfill taxes.
His solicitors stated that his business was struggling at the time of the offence and so he cut corners to save money by storing some items of waste on his own land. By 12 February 2013, the majority of the waste had been cleared and it did not appear that any further waste was being brought onto the site.
The EA officer in charge of the investigation said: “Illegal waste sites have the potential to cause serious pollution incidents or harm human health, and this prosecution demonstrates that we take waste crime very seriously and will not hesitate to prosecute if necessary, to protect the environment and local communities.”