The boss of a waste firm that illegally dumped thousands of tonnes of waste has been fined and ordered by the courts to pick litter as a punishment.
Gary Maw, director of North East Waste Products and Green Energy Power at Houghton-le-Spring, County Durham, admitted four charges of breaching a waste management permit as well as one charge of non-compliance with an enforcement notice.
Teesside Crown Court heard the waste, including plastics, crushed brick, timber and manure was piled 8.2m high and affected the neighbouring Hetton Lyons Country Park.
Maw had applied for the relevant business permits in 2011 but was refused, according BBC News.
The cost to remove it was estimated at £200,000, but Maw was unable to pay after having remortgaged his family farm to set up the waste processing operation.
Maw was fined £5,000 and ordered to do 130 hours unpaid work. Judge Shaun Morris ordered Maw to pick litter so he could understand the “infernal problem” of waste.
There had been no toxic discharges or harm to wildlife, although the waste mountain has attracted vermin.