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Fines for Dorset businessman caught disposing of illegal waste

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Owner warned in 2005 by the EA to ‘only store septic tank sludge’

A Dorset businessman and his company, Buckland Newton Hire Ltd, who have been warned by the Environment Agency in the past to ‘only store septic tank sludge’ are now facing fines and costs of up to £40,000 after being found disposing of waste that they did not have permission to accept.

Businessman, Martin Perrett, ran his illegal waste disposal site from Court Farm, Buckland Newton, near Dorchester, which lies in an area of outstanding natural beauty. His company provides numerous services, including plant hire, waste disposal, ground works, haulage and skip hire.

His company was only allowed to store septic tank sludge, not cesspit or chemical toilet waste, at his business premises but Mr Perrett ignored this and also allowed cesspit and toilet waste to be brought to the site.

The Environment Agency told the company of the dangers of untreated waste, such as the risk of spreading disease and polluting waterways and potentially infecting food grown on farms, if used in soil fertiliser.

The EA said records the company kept were ‘poor’ and that the managing director and Buckland Newton Hire Ltd displayed a ‘cavalier approach’ in complying with their agreed waste permissions.

Upon inspection of the site, the EA discovered that the staff did not have the correct training and the company was not following the proper procedures.

The staff and operator were incorrectly allocating cesspit waste as sludge waste, even though they had been clearly advised in the past by the Environment Agency.

An EA spokesperson said: “There has been longstanding problems at this site. Despite advice and support from the Agency, the operator failed to put the necessary measures in place and the business continued to be poorly managed.”

The company has been made to pay £31,947 in costs and fines.

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