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London waste management company handed record fine for waste crime

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The South-East Company fined over £1.2 million for the Illegal Treatment of Hazardous Waste

The waste management company, Powerday, which is run by Mick Crossan, the London Irish rugby club co-owner, is responsible for disposing of waste for a number of big clients, such as Barratt Homes and Carillion.

The record fine of £1.2 million was handed out for two separate cases, the first of which involved Powerday storing over 10 tonnes of hazardous materials for disposal, such as asbestos, treated wood and contaminated concrete, at their Willesden depot.

Powerday fined for waste offences

Powerday factory at Willesden

The charges included storing and disposing of hazardous waste in a way that could lead to pollution, or cause health problems for humans.

On the second case, the company owned up to the fact that they had been part of a scheme that
saw over 3,000 tonnes of hazardous waste, known as ‘trommel fines’, taken away in trucks from the Old Oak Sidings site in Willesden, to a mushroom farm somewhere in Oxfordshire, so that it could be used in compost.

The fine is believed to be the biggest one given out by the Environment Agency and comes under their new tougher sentencing guidelines for crimes against the environment.

The owner of Powerday, Mick Crossan, said that the breach was due to licence “ambiguity” and that he was “frustrated that the case got to this point.” He explained that the company has now introduced new and improved governance and management systems.

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