Lincolnshire man fined £21,000 for illegal waste storage

A Lincolnshire man has been fined after pleading guilty to operating a landfill without permission and allowing others to steal from it.

Raymond Wortley, 75, of The Streddars, Hundreds Road, Crowland, illegally accepted and stored waste at his home without a permit. While some of the waste was burned, he also left his gate open, allowing dumpsters to dump other waste at his site.

Trash, including tree cuttings, plastics, treated wood and construction waste, was kept on the grounds at Wortley’s home between October 23, 2019 and June 2, 2021.

Officers visited the site in October 2019 after reporting burnt materials at the site. Smoke from the fire was so thick that officers could not see each other. Sheet metal, spray cans, ceramic pots and plastic were all found on the burn pile. At the time, Wortley was only permitted to burn the green waste produced on its site.

Monitoring was carried out at the site in February 2020 and from June to July 2020. Officers noticed dump trucks bringing waste to the site on numerous occasions during this time. They were told by the drivers that a £20 fee was charged per load to bring the waste to the site.

Wortley was repeatedly told orally and in writing that he was not authorized to run the site as he did. Despite this, he continued to do so.

Further visits were made to the site in July 2020. An attempt to regularize some activities had been made with the currently shredded green waste, but this still required a permit.

Additional visits were made in February 2021 and again in October of the same year. Despite further warnings to stop, Wortley continued to operate from the site with mixed waste including carpets, plastic and household waste.

In November 2021, the site was inspected by drone and found to still operate as a waste transfer station without any permits.

Wortley was sentenced at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court on May 24, 2022.

He pleaded guilty to operating a waste management facility without a permit, contrary to Regulations 12 and 38(1)(a) of the Environmental Licensing Regulations 2016. He also pleaded guilty to knowingly permitting d others from depositing waste contrary to section 33(1)(a) ) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

As a mitigation, it was explained that Wortley misunderstood the scope of the settlement and made efforts to comply. He had just cleaned up the site and was in the process of applying for planning permission.

He was fined £21,693.50, which included permit fees avoided and financial benefits Wortley had obtained by running the illegal site. He was ordered to pay a contribution towards the costs of the prosecution of £10,000 and a victim fine surcharge of £181.

Peter Stark, Head of Law Enforcement Team, said: > We take illegal waste activity very seriously and will take the necessary steps to disrupt criminal activity and prosecute those responsible. > Wortley was advised to stop on numerous occasions but continued to disregard environmental legislation. He now receives the consequences of these actions. > Members of the public can report a waste-related crime to us on 0800 807060. Alternatively, they can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Notes to Editors:

  • In 2019, we stopped illegal waste at 940 sites, 3% more than the previous year. We found 775 new illegal waste sites, down 14% from the previous year.
  • We continue to shut down illegal waste sites. At the end of March 2020, 544 known illegal landfills were still active. 21% less than at the end of March 2019 and the lowest figure of our records.
  • More information on waste permits can be found here: Waste: environmental permits – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

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