Illegally storing waste has seen a Lincoln man be ordered to pay £2,820 following a prosecution by the Environment Agency.
Operating as Marriot’s Removals, 33-year-old Steven Peter Marriott of Broxholme Gardens, was handed the penalty by Lincoln Magistrates’ Court last Wednesday, July 27.
The court found he’d broken the law by depositing and storing waste without the required environmental permit.
Magistrates heard the waste was discovered by Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue in November 2014 on a field Mr Marriott was renting off Ryland Road, near Dunholme.
The Environment Agency was alerted and officers found more than 200 tyres, along with TV sets, fridge and freezer units, building rubble, oil containers, a lead acid battery and other items on the site.
Officers advised Mr Marriott he was committing an offence by carrying out waste operations at the site without an environmental permit.
He was told to stop operating and remove all the waste from the field.
During the investigation, it also came to light Mr Marriott was not a registered waste carrier, so he was advised of the relevant requirements.
In an interview with officers, Mr Marriott admitted depositing the waste but said he was unaware he was breaking the law.
Over a period of months, he stated that he would remove the waste, however, Environment Agency officers found there had been no change on multiple return visits.
An enforcement notice was served in May 2015, requiring all the waste to be removed within a month, but it was still there when environment officers visited in June 2015.
Marriott was found guilty of breaching the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010.
He was fined £1,200 and ordered to pay a contribution to costs of £1,500 plus a victim surcharge of £120.
Debbie Sylvester, Enforcement Team Leader at the Environment Agency, said: “We regulate waste activities to make sure the environment and local communities are protected from potentially harmful substances, smell and litter from waste sites.
“We’d remind all companies that move or store waste they must have the correct permits – and we will take action against those that don’t.”