A security chief was beaten with a community order after pleading guilty to allowing flies to be flipped at Turner Brothers’ former asbestos site in Rochdale.
David Wallis admitted to the court that he knowingly allowed the country to operate as an illegal landfill.
Wallis, who was responsible for safety on the Rooley Moor Road site, had allowed vehicles to deposit construction and demolition waste, soil, and general household waste on its site.
His honorary judge, Lever, who sentenced the 59-year-old to Minshull Street Crown Court, said: “Dumping is a big problem and a very serious problem just as the country recognizes its green values.
“Violations of this kind not only violate the law, they also harm the environment for the country’s citizens.”
To mitigate the Valais lawyer, Keith Jones told the court that he was only one person involved in the construction site.
The case was brought to trial after a lengthy investigation by the environmental agency.
The officers witnessed vehicles that were dumped and handed over to the Turner brothers and found that the landowners had hired a security company on the site.
Part of the garbage was disposed of illegally
(Image: Environment Agency)
Wallis from Halifax Road in Rochdale was a manager, and investigations revealed that he had instructed security personnel to tip vehicles over on site.
They were also instructed to record the registration numbers and frequency of tipping of each vehicle and to provide this information to Valais.
The officers received photographic evidence of the incriminating text messages.
The security company concerned also conducted its own investigation and shared its findings with the environmental agency.
This included the registration numbers of the vehicles that had visited the site and an indication of how often.
A number of operators were identified using these labels, and when asked by the agency, all confirmed that they had tipped the site – most of which were in Valais.
Mark Easedale, Greater Manchester environmental officer, said the environmental agency took waste crime very seriously and was required to be prosecuted if a crime was committed.
He said, “Illegal landfills are detrimental to legitimate business, can seriously harm the environment, and bring local residents into need. We are determined to make life difficult for criminals.
“We support legitimate business and proactively support it by disrupting and stopping the criminal element.
“We would like to remind all landowners and occupiers that they may be required to dispose of waste that has been illegally deposited at their own expense. They can be prosecuted if they do not.”
The Rochdale City Council also welcomed the indictment.
Coun Sara Rowbotham, cabinet member of the Health and Wellbeing Council, welcomed the indictment.
She said, “We are pleased to see that the case has been followed up by the environmental agency and we support measures against anyone who illegally disposes of waste.”
Valais received a 12-month community order with 180 hours of unpaid work and a £ 85 victim surcharge for knowingly allowing the site to operate as an illegal landfill.
His crimes took place from April 3 to July 7, 2016.
Waste crime can be reported by calling the Environment Agency hotline on 0800 80 70 60 or anonymously at Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.