The owner of a tyre waste business has been given a suspended prison sentence after illegally storing 84,659 waste tyres at several sites in Devon.
In a case brought at Plymouth Crown Court by the Environment Agency (EA), Andrew Mayhew admitted five offences of running a waste operation without the necessary permits and his 15-month jail term was suspended for two years.
Mayhew was also ordered to pay £700 towards the costs of the prosecution.
The case involved dumping large numbers of tyres at several sites including Hill Barton Business Park, Exeter; Moor Barton Farm in Tiverton, Dawlish, North Tawton, and Hayedown Industrial Estate, Tavistock.
The court heard how Mayhew rented commercial premises from January 2013 to February 2014 and collected or received end-of-use tyres.
He disposed of them by sending them for illegal disposal, abandoning the tyres at the premises either loose or as tyre bales. He made contracts with hauliers to transport them and failed to pay, forcing them to shoulder the resultant disposal costs.
He also left the owners of four commercial sites with unpaid rent amounting to £15,220 and costs to remove the tyres of more than £14,540. He has also saved legitimate disposal costs of £9,360 by sending 300 tonnes of end-of-life tyre bales to Moor Barton Farm.
Mayhew admitted to five counts of operating a regulated facility without an environmental permit contrary to the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010.