Daniel Worboys of Rubbish Clearance Portsmouth, Jason Newman of What A Load Of Rubbish and Sidney Simpson of S&S Clearances pleaded guilty at Portsmouth Magistrates Court yesterday for dumping waste illegally.
A fourth defendant, Ben Bennett (real name Lezlie Hollis) pleaded not guilty and his case has been adjourned until 10 September.
The court heard that in September 2018, the EA discovered a major flytipping site on Hulbert Road, Havant. The EA said its officers found “orchestrated dumping of household and commercial waste by trespassers”.
Some of the waste, which included mattresses and household items, caught fire, causing toxic smoke, and some entered the local stream, according to the agency.
Worboys, who was sentenced to 12 weeks’ imprisonment suspended for 12 months and ordered to pay £1,500 compensation, admitted he had collected waste from a number of customers that he deposited at the site.
Newman was sentenced to 12 weeks’ imprisonment suspended for 12 months and ordered to pay £1,000 in compensation. The EA found paperwork belonging to him at the site. It also found that he had dumped waste he had collected from a housing association and a landlord as part of a house clearance.
Simpson, who was also sentenced to 12 weeks’ imprisonment suspended for 12 months and ordered to pay £1,000 compensation, was employed to clear household and business waste from a church in Portsmouth.
None of the men had the correct paperwork in place, according to the agency.
An EA spokesperson said: “Their actions showed blatant disregard for the environment. These waste criminals also undermine legitimate businesses. We encourage the public to ask to see their waste collector’s waste carriers registration and demand a waste transfer note, which states where they are taking the waste to be disposed.”