Suspended sentence for waste criminal who avoided almost £500k in compliance costs

A man that saved almost half a million pounds by running an illegal waste site in Gloucester has been sentenced to 12 months’ custody, suspended for 18 months.

Barry Connally, the sole director of Rhino Recycling Limited, was also ordered to complete 160 hours’ unpaid work in the community at Worcester Crown Court last week.

The court heard that between 2013 and 2015 Connally ran the site without the necessary environmental permit.

The cost of making the site, which is around the size of three football pitches, compliant would have been about £450,000, according to the Environment Agency (EA). But in not doing so, Connally avoided those costs, plus more than £17,000 in fees to the agency. After the company was dissolved and the site abandoned, the cost of clearing it was in excess of £100,000, the court heard.

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