David John Neal, director of Atlantic Recycling, has been given an 18 weeks’ suspended prison sentence for failing to clear waste that polluted protected land, four years after being ordered to do so.
In addition, Neal and Atlantic Recycling were fined a total of £160,000 in prosecutions brought by Natural Resources Wales (NRW). It is the second conviction Neal has received for waste offences at the same site.
Atlantic Recycling, situated at Ty-To Maen farm in Rumney near Cardiff, broke permit conditions on storing household and general builders’ waste intended for use as refuse-derived fuel.
In May 2013, Neal and Atlantic Recycling were fined at Cardiff Magistrates Court for keeping waste on land that had been deemed a item of special scientific interest (SSSI).
In September 2013, NRW issued an enforcement notice demanding waste be removed from the site. Then in March 2014, leachate began leaking from the waste and entered a drainage ditch within the Rumney and Peterstone SSSI.
NRW said Neal failed to comply with the notice, take any significant steps or provide adequate plans to improve operations.
A case was brought to Cardiff Crown Court and sentencing took place on 29 November.
In addition to his suspended sentence, Neal was fined £30,000 and ordered to pay costs of £20,000.
Atlantic Recycling was fined £130,000 and ordered to pay costs of £50,000.
Jon Goldsworthy, NRW operations manager, said: “Despite our best efforts to work with David John Neal and the companies he operates, he continues to show a lack of respect for the rules we enforce and for the health of the environment.
“The sentence passed by the judge today reflects the seriousness of the numerous offences which have been committed over a period of years.”