A man has been hit with a bill for £30,000 after piles of waste including tyres were stored and burnt at an illegal site near Diss.
Ian Dale Garnham’s ‘bonfire party’ in Palgrave between November 3 and November 6 last year resulted in him being handed the fine at Norwich Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
The blaze, staged at The Woodyard, in Upper Rose Lane, resulted in fire brigades being called out, and toxic and noxious smoke blowing over the nearby Norwich to London Liverpool Street train line.
Mr Garnham said the ‘party’ was to raise money for charity.
Andrew Logan, prosecuting for the Environment Agency, said investigating officers found an extensive area of smouldering waste, that, in some places, was as high as four metres.
Mr Logan told the court: “The uncontrolled burning of waste is likely to have polluted the air and contaminated the ground. It was, in part, financially motivated, and [Garnham] failed to take our advice.”
Officer Tom Pickover, added: “There was no waste permit for this yard, and burning waste is illegal. Everyone who disposes of waste has a duty of care to ensure it is handled correctly.”
Garnham, 44, a firewood merchant, told investigation officers that about 120 people had attended the burning event.
He said that 90 per cent of the waste burned was green waste which he had brought back to his yard for recycling.
Garnham pleaded guilty to disposing of controlled waste by ‘burning in a manner likely to cause pollution or harm human health’. He was fined £28,000, told to pay £5,800 in costs, and a victim surcharge of £120.