A construction company has been sentenced to bury its waste in a protected natural area in Villeneuve-lès-Maguelone, near Montpellier.

A real wild landfill in the heart of a protected natural area in Villeneuve-lès-Maguelone in Hérault! The manager of a construction company was sentenced to a heavy fine with the obligation to restore the site for dumping piles of rubbish near the reserve. This conviction is a delight for France Nature Environnement, which is a civil party to the case.

Old tires, car wrecks, oil cans, plastics, blinds, drying racks, trash cans, etc.: For years, waste of all kinds has been abandoned or buried by MTP on the grounds in Villeneuve-lès-Maguelone, located in the strip The salty reserve, a natural site classified as a wonderful coastal area.

Following a complaint joined by FNE-LR, the Montpellier Criminal Court in early June ruled against this construction and public works company from Herault.

The presence of this was reported by the French environmental federation in Languedoc-Roussillon. Land discharge since 2016.

For harming the environment by creating dangers to animals and plants and also to water, air and soil, the Montpellier Criminal Court has convicted MTP of paying a fine of 20,000 euros. Its director is sentenced to a fine of 8000 euros, of which 3000 are arrested.

But the most important thing for FNE-LR’s Olivier Gourbenot is that The company is also obligated to return the site within six months, even if it appeals the court’s decision.

If nothing is done to clean the site within 6 months, the company is liable to a fine of 150 euros for each day of delay and this is an important leverage!

olivier gorbenot,

Lawyer from France Nature Environnement Languedoc-Roussillon

According to our colleagues from France Bleu Hérault who questioned the director of MTP, Didier Martin refutes these accusations and intends to appeal. He even claims that it was not he who deposited the waste on this leased land:

“The waste that I deposit, I put in garbage containers. At my construction sites, we sort plastic, cardboard, metal scrap and inert aggregate. All this is placed in a controlled waste disposal centre. I was told it’s a great sheltered site so if I had to leave, I’d leave. I will not fight.”

A condition that has persisted for nearly 30 years according to Olivier Gorbenot, of FNE-LR, while handling waste is prohibited in such protected areas.

The salt works of Villeneuve-lès-Maguelone, which are open to the public and accessible via marked trails, are very popular with nature lovers and photographers alike: you can Watch a complete mosaic of natural environments, between fresh water and salt water, with many species of birds.

These salt works play an important role in preserving the natural heritage of the RAMSAR and Natura 2000 sites of the Palavasian Basins. JDeveloped by five partner structures, it is also It is set to become a pilot site in terms of wetland management, water quality and biodiversity conservation.

These land dumps with construction waste remain a very common practice in the region, although dedicated waste collection centers have proliferated in recent years.

On the Sentinelles de la Nature website, created by FNE to allow all citizens to participate For nature conservation by reporting deposits of this type, approximately 250 landfills have been identified by builders in Gard and Herault.

“Businesses would rather throw everything into nature than pay for waste disposal, yet they charge their customers for the processing!” It regrets Olivier Gourbineau, who emphasized that this phenomenon is on the increase.

But for now, along with FNE-LR, it’s time to be satisfied, because that’s for them, The court’s conviction shows that when actors and public associations unite, results follow.

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