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Man jailed on waste management charges

A Hampshire man has been sentenced to 24 weeks imprisonment after being prosecuted for the second time on waste management charges.

Richard Spencer, owner of Aborfield Waste Management Services had been fined £12,000 for a similar conviction before Environment Agency officers observed 2,000 cubic metres of waste at his Wokingham site.

Mr Spencer claimed that the waste was the same as that from his previous conviction in April 2004. However, evidence showed that the majority of it had recently been deposited there.

It was estimated that if all the waste had been imported in skips, the amount would have represented an income of approximately £43,000.

Environment Agency investigating officer Martin Sawyer said: “We will continue to enforce the law in this area in order to create a level playing field for those involved in the waste industries that make every effort to comply with the regulations.”

The court was told that the site is located in an area of special landscape importance and that the activities had had an adverse impact on the living conditions of the adjacent residents.

Sawyer added: “Hopefully the quality of life of people living close to Mr Spencer’s premises will improve as a result of this conviction. One of our priorities is to protect the environment against problems caused by illegal waste transfer stations.”

The court identified Mr Spencer’s lack of co-operation, the potential harm of activities and the fact they were a regular and continued breach of the law as aggravating factors.

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