A DEWSBURY man was handed a suspended 26-week jail sentence for illegally dumping waste on disused land.
Kirklees Magistrates’ Court was told that an Environment Agency investigation discovered Sam Hunter, 25, of Boothroyd Lane, had been storing waste on land near Bridge Road, behind the Horbury Bridge Industrial Estate, despite no environmental permits being in place.
Investigators found a number of piles of mixed waste containing treated and untreated wood waste and plastics, and skips belonging to the Hunter Group or Huddersfield Skip Services, both of which Hunter was involved with at the time.
Hunter pleaded not guilty to two environmental offences but was found guilty by trial.
He claimed the waste activities were allowed because they were covered by waste permitting exemptions.
But the Environment Agency said the waste was being stored in breach of the exemptions – there was too much waste, it was a type not compliant with the exemptions and it was stored for too long.
Hunter was ordered to clear the waste from the site but inspections between October, 2014, and January, 2015, revealed that much of it remained.
There were also signs that the ground had become contaminated.
An Environment Agency spokesman said: “Hunter’s activities on this site posed a pollution risk and a fire risk that could have affected the nearby railway line.
“We hope this case demonstrates the importance of environmental compliance. Anyone who breaks the rules will be pursued.”
Hunter was ordered to undertake a rehabilitation activity of 15 days under supervision, and to carry out 300 hours of unpaid work within the next 12 months.
He must also pay legal costs of £4,640.