Southampton business owner jailed for second waste offence
The owner of a waste company operating in Southampton has been jailed for 30 weeks for waste offences just five years after he was handed a two year jail sentence for similar waste crimes.
Marcus Bairstow, 41, appeared in Southampton Crown Court in September charged with five offences of illegal waste disposal. The waste boss pleaded guilty to all the charges brought against him by the Environment Agency (EA) and Southampton City Council.
The court heard how Bairstow had been in court in 2011 for similar waste offences following an investigation by the EA and an appearance on the BBC’s Rogue Traders documentary series. At that time, Bairstow was handed a two year jail sentence and given a five year anti-social behaviour order.
Despite this serious punishment, Bairstow appears not to have learnt from his past misdemeanours and was caught out again last year by the EA and the environment team at Southampton council.
In court, the prosecutor recounted how Bairstow had rented a patch of land in Eastleigh last year and had used it for the illegal storage of commercial waste. The waste had built up to such volumes that fires began to ignite, eventually causing a major blaze.
Bairstow was also charged with fly-tipping on farmland in Rownhams and fly-tipping a truckload of waste in the car park of a music venue in the early months of 2015. He was handed a 30 week jail sentence from judge Miss Recorder Bussey-Jones.
Nigel Oliver of the EA said: “Bairstow was clearly aware of his obligations and responsibilities in the handling and treatment of waste but yet again wilfully ignored them, putting the local environment at repeated risk. I hope today’s ruling serves as a deterrent to any individual or company showing that waste crime does not pay.”
The EA took the opportunity to warn businesses that it is the duty of the waste producers to ensure that their waste is passed onto a legitimate waste carrier who holds all the valid permits. Additionally, landowners have a duty of care to ensure their land is not being used by waste criminals.
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