Nathan Reg John Jordan, also known as Nathan Jordan Jr, 22, of Wendover, Buckinghamshire, has been found guilty of dumping and burning controlled waste, including asbestos, near an electricity pylon in Watford and has been given a three month custodial sentence.
Jordan was also ordered to pay £900 towards the clean-up costs after being found guilty of three offences: illegally depositing controlled waste, disposing of the waste by burning and operating a waste transfer station without an environmental permit.
Jordan’s co-defendant, Jack Bunning, 21, of Watford, Hertfordshire, had pleaded guilty at St Albans Magistrates Court in May to two offences: illegally depositing controlled waste and disposing of it by burning. He received a three month community service order with a curfew between 8pm and 5am, and was ordered to pay the prosecution costs of £3725.
The Courts heard that the defendants trespassed on land, illegally brought controlled waste onto the site and disposed of it by burning. In early March 2012 a Safer Neighbourhood Police Officer saw a bright orange flat bed truck marked ‘Ashbourne Tree Care’ fly-tipping waste at the site. CCTV surveillance cameras were subsequently set up and on 24 and 25 June 2013 captured numerous still photos and videos of Jordan depositing controlled waste on the site and setting fire to it. Bunning was also seen at the site on 28 June 2013 using a yellow Ford Transit flat bed truck, registered in his name, to fly tip waste as well throwing waste into material that was already ablaze.
Matt Robinson, Intelligence Officer at the Environment Agency, said: “The wanton dumping and burning of controlled waste are serious offences which can pollute the environment. Both defendants tried to save money by flouting the law but these illegal actions cost them dearly by this prosecution. The sentences set by the court send out a clear message that waste operators must ensure that they operate legally and that environmental crime will not be tolerated.”