A Cambridgeshire waste operator has been sentenced to four months in prison, suspended for two years.
Cambridge Magistrates Court heard that mixed commercial, construction and demolition waste was illegally stored at a site in Long Drove, Waterbeach.
The site began as a skip hire site but became an unpermitted waste transfer station, the court heard. Stop notices were placed on the business twice, but company director Daniel Lee Crockwell, 35, of Milton Road, Cambridge, carried on operating, the Environment Agency (EA) said.
Prosecuting for the EA, Gurjit Bdesha told the court that Crockwell had only ever held a waste carriers’ licence during the year of operating at Long Drove between November 2016 and 2017, and had ignored advice and guidance given to him on numerous visits by EA officers.
“Crockwell had no previous waste experience but tried to compete with established businesses in the area,” Bdesha said.
As well as the suspended prison sentence, magistrates ordered Crockwell to pay £5,592 in legal costs.
The site of Cambridge Skip Hire at Half Acre Site was first visited by EA investigating officers in 2016.
Crockwell agreed to clear the site by 16 February 2017 but failed to do so, and eventually the landowner took control of the site and cleared it, the EA said.
EA enforcement team leader Phil Henderson said: “While the agency seeks to work with operators who co-operate and want to comply with the law, we will take action against those who do not.”