Recycling site bosses plead guilty to environmental offences following waste fires in Swindon
The former owners of a waste recycling and skip hire company have finally pleaded guilty to breaching their environmental permit restrictions between 2013 and 2015 and causing two major fires on two separate occasions.
Lee and David Averies are the former owners of Swindon Skips Ltd and Averies Recycling, situated in Bradley Close and Marshgate respectively.
The brothers were up in Swindon Crown Court after the Environment Agency brought a prosecution against them for committing a number of breaches at both of their waste sites between 2013 and 2015.
On two separate occasions, a major fire broke out at the recycling site in Marshgate, one of which blazed for two months and cost £500,000 to completely extinguish.
The Averies brothers were due to plead not guilty to the charges brought against them, but they changed their pleas to guilty in court when the judge indicated there would be no jail sentence if they did so.
The Environment Agency said the pair had breached the Environmental Protection Act 1990 when they allowed waste at both sites to overflow into areas that did not meet the infrastructural requirements necessary to protect the environment from potential pollution.
Lee also pleaded guilty to committing the same offence at the premises of another of his companies: Calne Aggregates Holdings Ltd.
The brothers were also accused of allowing more waste than their permit allowed to build up at their Marschgate site between November 2013 and March 2015, but they pleaded not guilty to this charge.
Swindon Skips and Averies Recycling were fined £11,000 and ordered to pay costs of £60,000. The brothers will receive their sentence on Wednesday, October 26.
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