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Waste operator jailed for dumping offences

The owner of a waste removal business who illegally dumped 30 tipper truck loads of waste has been jailed for 15 months.

Wayne Richards of Southmead in Bristol admitted five offences under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and was sentenced at Bristol Crown Court.

The case was brought by the Environment Agency after two officers noticed a large amount of waste dumped on land at Avonmouth. The piles included garden waste, household items, and builders’ waste.

The EA said Richards was traced from documents found in the rubbish. The paperwork showed that some of the waste had come from rental properties in the Clifton, Redland and Cotham areas of Bristol.

Richards, trading under the name of ‘Richards Rubbish Clearance’, had a contract to remove rubbish from these properties once a fortnight.

Although a registered waste carrier, Richards was unable to produce waste transfer notes for his activities. He claimed another company, Fast Clear Waste Removal, had been responsible for clearing waste for him, but the EA found no trace of the company.

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