An Essex skip hire company and its director were today (Tuesday) fined £500 each and ordered to pay a contribution of £1000 each towards the Environment Agency’s costs for running an illegal waste site.
Timothy Rushbrook is sole director of RRR Recycling Solutions Ltd which hires skips to builders.
Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court heard today how RRR Recycling Solutions was using Bates Road Yard in Maldon to store skips full of waste without being authorised by an environmental permit.
Mrs Anne-Lise McDonald, prosecuting for the Environment Agency, said in February and March 2011 Environment Agency officers had seen RRR Recycling skips stored at the Bates Road Yard.
She said that Mr Rushbrook had been contacted by the Environment Agency and informed that he needed a permit to store waste and was asked to clear the waste from the site. However, in May 2011 there were still 15 RRR Recycling skips on the site, 12 of which contained mixed waste including green waste, metals, soils, concrete, rubble and builders’ waste.
Mrs McDonald said that the waste activities were deliberate. As Mr Rushbrook holds certificates in waste management and RRR Recycling holds a waste carriers registration permitting it to transport waste, both were aware that they required a permit to manage waste.
The court heard that unregulated waste activities can cause harm to the environment. Bates Road Yard has been used for storing waste by both RRR Recycling and other people as well as being used by flytippers to deposit waste. The site is adjacent to the River Blackwater which is protected by national and international conservation designations.
After the hearing, Environment Agency officer Jenny Martin said “Large amounts of waste were stored at this site without a permit. Our advice was not followed and the uncontrolled handling of waste can harm human health and pollute the environment.
“Stopping illegal waste sites from operating is a high priority for the Environment Agency and we strive to find, investigate and take action against anyone in the waste industry flouting the law.”
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