A man who dumped and burned controlled waste, including asbestos, has been sentenced to three months in prison.
The 22 year old will also have to pay £900 towards the cleanup cost of the waste he dumped in Watford. Nathan Reg John Jordan was found guilty of dumping the controlled waste, burning it and running a waste transfer station without an environmental permit. His co-defendant, Jack Bunning, was also prosecuted for dumping and burning controlled waste. He received three months of community service and a curfew between 8pm and 5am. Mr Bunning will need to pay the prosecution costs, which amount to £3,725, reports mix96.co.uk.
Both Mr Jordan and Mr Bunning brought asbestos sheets onto land behind The Paddock at Little Oxhey Lane in Watford and burnt them. CCTV surveillance cameras were set up at the site after a Safer Neighbourhood Police Officer spotted a truck fly-tipping waste there back in 2012. Numerous photos and videos of Mr Jordan dumping the asbestos and setting fire to it were captured by the cameras. In July 2013, Mr Jordan was arrested on site, reports resource.co.
Matt Robinson, intelligence officer at the Environment Agency, said the sentencing shows others that such crimes “will not be tolerated.”
“The wanton dumping and burning of controlled waste are serious offences which can pollute the environment,” he explained. “Both defendants tried to save money by flouting the law but these illegal actions cost them dearly by this prosecution.”