A litter lout will spend Christmas behind bars after dumping and burning waste including asbestos near an electricity pylon.
Nathan Reg John Jordan, 22, of London Road, Wendover, was caught after an undercover sting by police and the Environment Agency.
In March 2012 a police officer saw a bright orange flat bed truck marked ‘Ashbourne Tree Care’ fly-tipping waste at the site in Oxhey Lane, Watford.
CCTV surveillance cameras were subsequently set up and in June 2013 they captured numerous still photos and videos of Jordan dumping controlled waste on the site and setting fire to it.
In July 2013 Environment Agency officers attended the scene and found that waste, including asbestos roofing sheets, was alight on site.
Further evidence of dumping and burning at the site was clearly visible and the fire service had been called out on more than one occasion.
More land was found showing signs that a ‘significant quantity’ of waste had been burned on it.
Analysis of soil samples showed that the soil quality had deteriorated in the areas where burning had taken place.
Contaminants in the soil also had potential to harm the local water environment.
Jordan was jailed for three months and also ordered to pay £900 towards the clean-up costs. His accomplice, Jack Bunning, 21, of Hillcrest Crescent, Watford, was put under curdew.
Matt Robinson, intelligence officer at the Environment Agency said: “The dumping and burning of controlled waste are serious offences which can pollute the environment.
“Both defendants tried to save money by flouting the law but these illegal actions cost them dearly by this prosecution.
“The sentences set by the court send out a clear message that waste operators must ensure that they operate legally and that environmental crime will not be tolerated.”
PC Dan Jones from Hertfordshire Constabulary said: “We suspect this activity was taking place for a long period of time, and due to the scale and sheer size of the fly tipping we contacted the Environment Agency to assist.
“I am pleased that Jordan and Bunning have faced justice for this and it serves as a warning to others that we will work with other agencies to identify offenders and bring them to justice.”