A PENSIONER has been fined nearly £22,000 after creating a mountain of rubbish in his home for more than two years.
Raymond Wortley, 75, let other people dump trash on his ever-growing mountain of trash at his home in Crowland, Lincs.
He left his gate open to let in dump trucks between October 2019 and June 2021 to dispose of tree clippings, plastics, treated lumber and construction debris.
Officers visited the site after being told material was being burned – but couldn’t see each other because the smoke was so thick.
Aerial photos showed the extent of the mountain of rubbish on the property, which continued to grow.
Wortley has admitted to illegally operating a landfill where sheet metal, aerosols, ceramic pots and plastics were found in the burned heap.
When officers first attended in October 2019, Wortley only had permission to burn green waste at his home.
Surveillance was carried out at the site in February 2020 and June-July 2020, with officers finding dump trucks being charged £20 per load to the site.
Wortley was told on several occasions, both verbally and in writing, that he was not permitted to operate the site as he was doing, but he continued.
Another site visit took place in July 2020 and found that attempts had been made to regulate some of the waste practices but a permit was still required.
Additional visits were conducted in February and October 2021, which determined that Wortley continued to operate from the site, finding mixed waste such as carpets, plastic and household waste.
In November 2021, the site was inspected by drone and found that it is still operating as a waste transfer station without a permit.
He pleaded guilty in Peterborough Magistrates Court to one count of operating a waste facility without a permit, in breach of Regulation 12 and 38(1)(a) of the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2016.
The retiree also pleaded guilty to knowingly allowing others to dump waste in violation of Section 33(1)(a) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
Wortley was fined £21,693.50 which included the avoided permitting costs and the financial benefit he had gained from running the illegal website.
He was ordered to pay a contribution to prosecution costs of £10,000 and a victim’s surcharge of £181.
Peter Stark, head of the Environment Agency’s enforcement team, said: “We take illegal waste activity very seriously and will take the necessary action to stop criminal activity and prosecute those responsible.
“Wortley was advised to quit on numerous occasions but continued to flout environmental laws. He now bears the consequences of these actions.
“Members of the public can report us for waste crimes on 0800 807060. Alternatively, they can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”