A Kent man has been sentenced to carry out 200 hours of community service and pay costs of £8,440 by Canterbury Magistrates’ Court for illegally dumping waste in Thanet.
David Powell pleaded guilty to the offences along with David Springer, who was fined £500 and ordered to pay costs of £500. Waste was dumped at the Old Mushroom Farm, Manston Road, Thanet, between September 2012 and March 2013.
The owner of the Old Mushroom Farm employed David Powell as a caretaker following previous illegal waste dumping that had taken place at the site in 2009. David Powell knew the farm owners and was appointed to keep the site clean and tidy after extra security measures had been put in place.
However, David Powell abused that trust and opened up the Old Mushroom Farm for further illegal waste dumping to take place. An Environment Agency investigation in January 2013 revealed that security measures had been removed and a mixture of waste, including commercial and general household waste, had been deposited on the site.
In March 2013 Environment Agency officers worked with Kent Police to find David Powell on site burning rubbish. David Powell then admitted under interview that he had been allowing other people to bring controlled waste on to the site, before sorting it himself and burning that which could not be recycled.
An Environment Agency spokesperson said “It was clear from our investigation that Mr Powell had been using Old Mushroom Farm to dispose of controlled waste with no regard for the environment.
“His actions showed blatant disregard for local residents and businesses, and put the environment and local amenity at risk. So in cases like this we have no hesitation in prosecuting them as we want to make sure that waste crime doesn’t pay.
“We were able to intervene quickly thanks to the illegal dumping being reported to us, and I would encourage anybody who has information about waste crime to report it to the Environment Agency hotline on 0800 80 70 60.”