Kent waste crook given curfew and electronic tag
The operator of an illegal waste site in Kent has been handed a 7pm to 7am curfew and ordered to wear an electronic tag for monitoring purposes.
The Environment Agency (EA) began investigating activities at a site in Sittingbourne, Kent, in January 2015, when they were alerted to incidents of waste depositing, storage and treatment.
Masses of construction waste, old tyres and scrap vehicles were discovered at the site. The scrap cars still contained batteries and other toxic liquids, which posed a potential risk to the environment.
The EA contacted the landowner, Paul Woodcock, and informed him of the laws and regulations surrounding waste storage and treatment and that his land was not in possession of the necessary permits which would authorise the operation of waste activities.
Mr Woodcock was given time to clear the waste from his land in accordance with the correct procedures but by September 2015 there had been no noticeable developments at the site.
Under section 59 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, Mr Woodcock was given until November 2015 to make the changes, but again this demand went ignored.
The EA chose to prosecute the landowner for waste offences under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and he was handed a suspended four month jail sentence, given a daily curfew between 7pm and 7am, and ordered to wear an electronic tag.
Alan Cansdale, from Environment Agency, commented: “Waste crime can undermine legitimate businesses, so we work closely with businesses to help them comply with the law. In cases like this, where illegal operations put the environment at risk, we have no hesitation in prosecuting those involved.”
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