Man is fined for a huge illegal trash mountain found outside his home

Raymond Wortley left a mountain of construction waste, tree cuttings, plastics and treated wood in his garden from October 23rd 2019 to June 2nd last year.

The court heard that officers couldn’t see each other due to the smoke during their visits.

A man was fined after he created a huge trash mountain outside of his home.

Raymond Wortley acknowledged that he illegally stored waste without the permit required.

He pleaded guilty for operating the site without permission, and also for allowing others to fly-tip there.

Crowland, Lincolnshire: The 75-year old burned some of the waste but left his gate open for others to dispose of it.

His mountain of trash included tree cuttings, plastics, treated wood and construction waste which was left at Wortley’s home garden between October 23, 2019 and June 2 last year.

LincolnshireLiveOfficers visited the site after hearing that material had been burned. They arrived to find the smoke so thick that it was impossible for them to see eachother.







Environment Agency found the dump.
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The burn pile contained metal sheeting, aerosols as well as ceramic pots, plastic, and other materials.

Wortley was allowed to burn the green waste he had produced on his property at that time.

Surveillance was performed between February 2020 – June 2020 – July 2020.

Officers also observed tipper trucks dropping waste at the site on multiple occasions.

They were told by drivers that a fee of £20 was being charged per load to bring waste to the site.

Wortley was repeatedly told that he wasn’t allowed to operate the site the way he was. He continued to do this despite being told several times.

The site was visited again in July 2020. Although some activities were being monitored, green waste was shredded. However, this still required a permit.

Additional visits were made to the site in February 2021, and October of that year.

Wortley continued to operate the site, despite further warnings to him to stop. There was mixed waste such as carpets and household waste.

The site was checked via drone in November 2021. It was found to still be operating as a waste transfer station, without any permits.







Environment Agency aerial images revealed the extent of illegal dump.
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Wortley was sentenced by the Peterborough Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

He pleaded guilty for operating a waste facility in violation of Regulation 12 and 38(1)(a), respectively, of the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2016.

Also, the accused pleaded guilty to knowingly allowing others to deposit waste in contravention of the 1990 Environmental Protection Act.

As mitigation, Wortley was informed that he misunderstood and tried to comply with the regulations.

He had recently cleared the area and was currently preparing a planning permission application.

Wortley was fined £21,693.50 which included the avoided permitting costs and financial benefit he had gained by running the illegal site.

He was ordered to pay a contribution to prosecution costs of £10,000 and a victim surcharge of £181.

Peter Stark, enforcement team leader for the Environment Agency said: “We take illegal waste activity very seriously and will take the necessary action to disrupt criminal activity and prosecute those responsible.

“Wortley was advised to stop on numerous occasions but continued to disregard environmental law.

“He is now receiving the consequences of those actions.”

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