Business leader sentenced for burying 1000 m³ of construction waste on agricultural plots

Business leader sentenced for burying 1000 m³ of construction waste on agricultural plots
Business leader sentenced for burying 1000 m³ of construction waste on agricultural plots

A business manager was convicted by the Béziers Criminal Court for burying construction waste on agricultural plots in Corneilhan. The manager was sentenced to a four-month suspended prison sentence and a €10,000 fine.

This is a widespread but illegal practice. In Corneilhan, a town near Béziers, a business manager was found guilty of burying construction waste on agricultural plots. The company and its manager were convicted by the Béziers Criminal Court for “illegal dumping of waste, irregular waste management, and operation of an unregistered facility classified for environmental protection.”

The case dates back to October 2021. The municipality of Corneilhan reported to the local national gendarmerie brigade that a contractor was regularly burying his waste in the municipality. Thanks to the investigations carried out, and in particular the use of a drone to fly over the area, the volume of waste was established at more than 1000 m³. It mainly consisted of rubble, cement tiles from the roof renovation work carried out by the company.

The manager admitted that he was dumping this waste on plots of land that belonged to him. Tried by the Béziers Criminal Court, he was sentenced to four months in prison, suspended, and a €10,000 fine. With his company, he was also ordered to pay a €40,000 fine. He was also required to restore the land within eight months, subject to a penalty payment of €300 and €100 per day of delay, respectively.

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