A Burntwood man has been jailed for disposing of tyres illegally.
Mark Watts, 41, of Redwood Drive, was sentenced to 12 months in prison after a court was told his Storm Recylcing company had undercut competitors by operating without the correct permit on rented land – before leaving the landowner to clear away thousands of tyres.
The prosecution was brought by the Environment Agency who told the court in Mold that Watts’ company had been paid to remove and dispose of waste tyres from fitting businesses across Shropshire and North Wales.
It was revealed that in 2008 and 2009, he kept tyres at unauthorised sites in Oswestry and Whitchurch.
Despite warnings he continued to leave tyres at these two sites and then failed to remove them, leaving the landowner with the cost of clearing them away.
Speaking after the case, investigator Helen Cripps said:
“The Environment Agency will not hesitate to take the appropriate actions against offenders who operate large scale waste facilities without the proper registered permits.
“Had these tyres been set alight, perhaps through vandalism or by accident, the fire would have been very difficult to put out and would have produced a vast range of substances, many of which could harm the environment or human health.
“All producers of controlled waste should ensure that they only give their waste to registered waste carriers who use Duty of Care waste transfer notes and most importantly ensure that their waste is going to a permitted or exempt facility.”
Watts’ defence revealed he was remorseful and had been affected by family illness and financial difficulties.
But sentencing the Burntwood man, HHJ Judge Parry said he had acted deliberately and had been motivated by financial gain.