A Cornish scrapyard owner was fined £4,494 for illegally burning tyres and other waste on Guy Fawkes Night.
The Environment Agency was called to Rundle’s Scrap Yard in Callington on 5 November 2011 after reports of thick black smoke.
When questioned, Janet Rundle told EA officers: “It was Bonfire Night. What do you expect?”
She said she had invited some children to watch the fire as part of Guy Fawkes night celebrations. She had burnt an old caravan, some waste wood and a few tyres.
Rundle’s Scrapyard holds and Environment Agency waste management permit and is registered as a metal recycling facility.
Bodmin Magistrates Court was told about previous incidents of burning, illegal waste disposal and pollution at the site.
Clarissa Newell of the Environment Agency said: “This was an attempt to dispose of waste on Guy Fawkes Night. Smoke from burning tyres poses a risk to human health and the environment and is prohibited under the terms of this site’s waste permit. The defendant would have saved on disposal costs and would therefore have gained financially by getting rid of these tyres on a bonfire.”
Rundle was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay £2,479 costs after pleading guilty to disposing of controlled waste in a manner likely to cause pollution of the environment or harm human health and failing to comply with the conditions of an environmental permit.