A CHESTERFIELD man received a suspended prison sentence after illegally storing thousands of tyres and transporting some of them to Vietnam.
Andrew Revell, 50, of The Green, Hasland, appeared at Derby Crown Court on Friday, January 27.
He admitted five charges in relation to an illegal waste operation called Revco Recycling Limited, which he ran from a unit on the former GKN site in Sheepsbridge, Chesterfield.
Revell was sentenced to a 12-month prison sentence suspended for two years on each of the five charges, ordered to do 200-hours’ unpaid work and ordered to pay full court costs of £9,578.75.
Barrister Ben Lawrence, acting on behalf of the Environment Agency, said officers visited Revco Recycling Limited site and advised Revell and his wife on the permitting regulations and told them to take steps to reduce the amount of waste.
The court heard the total amount of tyres amassed by Revell and his company to be around 65,700 along with some cement bonded asbestos boards.
The Environment Agency team arrested Andrew Revell in June 2010 and among the documentation found on the site were shipping notes for waste tyres from Ireland, and to export to Vietnam.
Mr Lawrence told magistrates that exporting waste tyres to Vietnam was illegal.
Documentation showed the company was being paid around 40p per tyre and could export tyres at 3,000 per load – at a profit of around £990 per container.
In mitigation, the court heard that Revell was running the business to support his family and had cleared the site himself, costing over £30,000.
After the case, Environment Agency officer Lindsay Jones said: “This court case shows that people who seek to maximise their profits at the expense of the environment can expect to be tracked down and placed before the courts.”