A Worcestershire man has been given a suspended prison sentence for running an illegal hazardous waste site.
Michael Wright, who traded under the name of Port Oils, admitted five charges relating to the unlawful operation of a waste site at Smethwick Drop Forge, Kidderminster.
He was sentenced at Worcester Crown Court to six months’ imprisonment, suspended for 24 months, and ordered to complete 150 hours of unpaid work.
An Environment Agency (EA) investigation found that Wright gave hazardous waste consignment notices (HWCNs) containing false information to customers from whom he collected oils.
When EA officers visited the site, they found more than 3,000 litres of waste oil illegally stored in plastic and metal containers and no measures in place to prevent any leaks reaching water drains nearby.
After the case, the officer in charge of the investigation said: “Waste crime is a serious offence with tough penalties as it can damage the environment, blight local communities and undermine those who operate legally.
“This case sends out a clear message that we will not hesitate to take action to ensure the protection of water supplies and the environment.”
One offence to which Wright pleaded guilty was contrary to Regulations 12 (1) and 38 of the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010.
The other four offences were contrary to Regulations 35, 36 and 68 (1) of the Hazardous Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2005.