A man in Burton has been sentenced to seven months in prison after illegally using land to repeatedly store and burn mixed waste.
Robert Murphy, 48, used land which didn’t belong to him or have permission for and without an environmental permit.
He used the site over a 15-month period, despite a stop letter, the changing of locks, CCTV and a concrete block fitted by the Environment Agency to prevent access.
The waste included metal, wood, electrical items and demolition waste.
Stafford Crown Court decided an immediate custodial sentence was needed due to the seriousness of the defendant’s actions.
Further proceedings have been scheduled for 12th June so the landowner can seek compensation to pay for some of the clean-up costs.
An Environment Agency officer involved with the investigation said: “Throughout the investigations Mr Murphy was given a number of opportunities to stop his illegal activities but continued to show a complete disregard towards the environment, landowners and authority.
“This prosecution demonstrates that we take cases such as this very seriously and will not hesitate to prosecute if necessary, to protect the environment and local communities.”