Pensioner fined £22,000 for a huge pile of rubbish in his garden where he runs a secret rubbish dump
- Raymond Wortley has accepted and illegally stored rubbish at his home in Crowland
- Officials visited the site in October 2019 after materials were reportedly burned
- The smoke from the fire was so thick that officers could not see each other
A pensioner has been fined £22,000 after pleading guilty to operating a secret rubbish dump in his back garden.
Raymond Wortley, 75, of Crowland, Lincolnshire, accepted waste and illegally stored it at his home without a permit.
While some of the rubbish was burned, he also left his gate open, allowing flykippers to dump other rubbish on his premises.
Waste, including tree trimmings, plastics, treated timber and construction waste, was stored at Wortley’s home on land between October 23, 2019 and June 2, 2021.
Officials visited the site in October 2019 after reports of material being burned there.
The smoke from the fire was so thick that officers could not see each other.
Tins, spray cans, ceramic pots and plastic were found on the pile of fire. At that time, Wortley was only permitted to incinerate green waste generated on its premises.
A pensioner has been fined £22,000 after pleading guilty to operating a secret rubbish dump in his back garden
Monitoring was conducted at the site in February 2020 and June to July 2020.
Officers noticed dump trucks bringing waste to the site several times during this time.
They were told by the drivers that there would be a charge of £20 per load to bring waste to the site.
Wortley has been told multiple times, both verbally and in writing, that he is not permitted to operate the site in the way he is doing. Nonetheless, he continued.
Further visits were made to the site in July 2020. Attempts have been made to regulate some of the activities as the green waste is now shredded but this still required a permit.
Further visits took place in February 2021 and again in October this year. Despite further warnings urging him to stop, Wortley continued to work from the site, finding mixed debris including carpets, plastic and household waste.
Raymond Wortley, 75, of Crowland, Lincolnshire, accepted waste and illegally stored it at his home without a permit
In November 2021, the site was inspected by drone and found that it is still operating as a waste transfer station without a permit.
Wortley was convicted in Peterborough Magistrates’ Court on May 24, 2022. He pleaded guilty to operating a waste facility without a permit in violation of Regulation 12 and 38(1)(a) of the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2016.
He also pleaded guilty to knowingly allowing others to dump waste in violation of Section 33(1)(a) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
It was mitigated that Mr Wortley had misunderstood the scope of the regulations and had endeavored to comply with them.
He had recently cleared the site and was in the process of applying for a building permit.
Officials visited the site in October 2019 after reports of material being burned there. The smoke from the fire was so thick that officers could not see each other
He was fined £21,693.50 which included the avoided permit costs and the financial benefit Mr Wortley 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.
“The public can report us for waste crimes on 0800 807060. Alternatively, they can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”