A skip operator from Cambridgeshire has been given a suspended prison sentence and ordered to pay £47,000 after operating an illegal waste site.
Israr Ahmed, who had been operating Dial a Skip, pleaded guilty to running an illegal site and failing to produce waste transfer notes.
He received a 32-week prison sentence which was suspended for 18 months, and ordered to complete 200 hours unpaid work in the community.
Peterborough Crown Court heard that Ahmed rented a unit at Gaul Farm Industrial Estate in March and dumped waste there and in another unit rented by his wife, as well as in several outside areas around the site.
The waste on the site rotted and became rat-infested causing concerns to people living nearby.
According to the prosecution, Ahmed knew he needed a permit to operate the site as a waste dump or sorting station and had been advised by environment officers.
He was told he would have had to make major changes to the site before a permit could have been granted. He would also have had to consider health and safety and the potential impact on the environment.
Environment Agency surveillance also caught Ahmed supervising waste being tipped at the back of the site and then sorting it, actions he later tried to deny.
Judge Sean Enright said the waste site was an eyesore and a health hazard. He said Ahmed misled the Environment Agency in a taped interview.
He added that Ahmed was undercutting his competitors and the offence was committed for financial gain.
After the hearing Environment Agency officer Emma Viner said: “Whilst seeming to be co-operative Ahmed repeatedly lied to us including in the interview under caution.”
“When a business operates without a permit, it is able to undercut its permitted competitors and can result in more people operating illegally to compete.”