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One man jailed and two men fined more than £50,000 for rubbish offences

Over 2000 tonnes of mixed rubbish were disposed of illegally. Credit: Natural Resources Wales

Three men have been sentenced for waste offences at Llandow Trading Estate in Cowbridge.

The men were sentenced for the illegal deposit and disposal of over 2000 tonnes of mixed rubbish, including wood and mattresses.

Credit: Natural Resources Wales

Michael Hendy has been given a 10 month jail sentence for disposing of controlled waste in Llandow in a manner likely to cause pollution of the environment or harm to human health.

Victor Keseru and Nathan Thomas have both been ordered to pay £26,000 plus £6,500 costs and have a 6 month sentence suspended for two years. They have also been ordered to undertake 225 hours of unpaid work.

They were sentenced for deposit of controlled waste in respect of which an environmental permit authorising the deposit was not in force.

Credit: Natural Resources Wales
  • The rubbish was first noticed at the end of 2014
  • It had been left unprocessed and abandoned on site
  • It is activity is illegal
  • All three defendants were served with enforcement notices to remove the rubbish
  • None of them complied, resulting in all waste remaining on site

We hope the outcome of this case will send out a positive message to those in the waste industry, that Natural Resources Wales will not tolerate those who seek to profit by breaking the law, harming local communities or damaging the environment.

Disposing of waste illegally can harm the environment and undermines businesses that invest in the required measures and so it is essential that we take action in such cases to protect people and the environment, as well as safeguarding the market place for legitimate operators.

– Su Fernandez, Senior Environmental Crime Officer for Natural Resources Wales