A businessman who illegally dumped more than a million used tyres across England has been jailed for 15 months.
The case against Carl David Steele, from Spalding, Lincolnshire, was brought by the Environment Agency and heard at Lincoln Crown Court.
Steele dumped the tyres to avoid disposal costs across environmentally sensitive areas in Essex, Norfolk, Yorkshire, Worcestershire and Lincolnshire.
He had been allowed to store 6,000 tyres but the EA found during the investigation that the number at the Lincolnshire site rose to 200,000 and then 400,000.
EA officers then found four other dumping sites with a combined total of more than 800,000 tyres.
EA head of waste and illegals Mat Crocker said: “Huge tyre dumps are not only an eyesore, but also present a serious risk to the environment and human health. Stockpiles are a significant fire risk, as they can burn for several years, releasing dangerous gases such as hydrogen sulphide, hydrogen cyanide and sulphur dioxide.”
Crocker said the penalties for waste crimes included up to five years in prison, unlimited fines and the confiscation of illicit profits.
The EA worked with local authorities, fire and rescue and land agents to bring the prosecution.