Prison sentence for illegal tyre dumping

A man has received a 12-month prison sentence, for illegally storing and dumping waste tyres

A man has received a 12-month prison sentence, for illegally storing and dumping waste tyres.

Mark Watts of Burntwood, Staffordshire, appeared before Mold crown court on 14 February. He pleaded guilty to four charges of illegally depositing and keeping controlled waste, contrary to regulation 38(1)(a) of the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2007 and section 59(5) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

The court heard that Watts, operating under the name of Storm Recycling since August 2008, had removed and disposed of waste tyres in 2008 and 2009.

He had dumped tyres on rented land at two sites in Whitchurch and Oswestry, Shropshire. Neither site had the required permits or planning permission.

Despite warnings from the Environment Agency and the landowners, Watts continued to deposit tyres illegally.

Two notices requiring their removal were served in August and October 2009. But they were not properly complied with and thousands of tyres were left for removal by the landowners.

In sentencing Watts, Judge Parry said he had acted deliberately and been motivated by financial gain.

In mitigation, the defence counsel said Watts was “remorseful” and had been affected by financial problems.

The case is the latest in a string of prosecutions for waste tyre offences (ENDS Reports 426, pp 19-20 and 428, p 57).

Speaking after the case, agency officer Helen Cripps said the agency would not hesitate to take further action against those operating similar illegal waste facilities.

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