A man from Durham has been charged for illegally depositing and burning waste.
Christopher John Nash pleaded guilty at Peterlee Magistrates’ Court to two offences of operating a waste facility without a permit.
He has been sentenced to 12 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months, ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid community work as well as pay £2,500 and £80 victim surcharge.
He must also remove the remaining waste and remediate the site at Saanen Lodge, Haswell Plough within 56 days.
Dave Edwardson from the Environment Agency said: “Waste crime of this nature can have a terrible impact on the environment and local communities – that’s why it’s vital those who handle waste work within the regulations.
“Illegal waste sites like this undermine legitimate businesses and while we work with businesses to help them meet their environmental obligations, where there are breaches we’ll take enforcement action.”