Derbyshire recycling company fined £370k
Ward Recycling, a Derbyshire-based recycling company, has been fined a staggering £370,000 after it was prosecuted by the Environmental Agency for multiple waste offences.
The firm, owned by Donald Ward Ltd, has two sites at Griffon Road and Hallam Fields Road, both of which were investigated by the Environmental Agency following complaints from local residents.
The agency found that between March 2012 and June 2013 too much waste was being processed at both sites in an inadequately controlled manner. Enforcement officers from the agency told Derby Crown Court that waste was being stored for longer than was allowed, which was creating a serious risk of fire and fly infestation at both sites.
The Environmental Agency also found that Ward Recycling was operating its business at a third illegal site in Old Stanton Iron works between February 2013 and July 2013, without possessing the necessary permits. The company dumped “significant quantities” of waste from its other two sites at this illegal site, including redox fines and fragmentiser fluff.
Ward Recycling ignored multiple enforcement notices from the Environmental Agency and was thus prosecuted. It appeared in Derby Crown Court were it pleaded guilty to three counts of breaching the Environmental Permitting Regulations. The company was fined £270,000 and ordered to pays costs of £100,000.
A spokesperson for the Environment Agency said: “We grant, monitor and enforce waste permits so that we can ensure that waste operations do not pollute the environment and pose a risk to human health.”
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