Fined for managing waste without a permit
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ESSEX SKIP HIRE haulier RRR Recycling Solutions and its director have been ordered to pay a total of £3,000 for storing and managing green waste, metals, soils, concrete, rubble and builders’ waste at its yard without a suitable permit.
In an Environment Agency (EA) prosecution, Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court was told how in February and March 2011 agency officers contacted Timothy Rushbrook, who is the sole director of RRR Recycling and Solutions, informed him that he needed a specific permit to store waste in skips at the Bates Road Yard in Maldon and asked him to clear the waste from the site. However, in May 2011 there were still 12 skips at the facility containing the mixed waste.
Although Rushbrook holds certificates in waste management and RRR Recycling holds a waste carriers registration permit ting it to transport waste, the business needed a permit to manage the waste.
RRR Recycling Solutions, which is authorised for one vehicle, pleaded guilty to a breach of the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010. It was fined £500 and ordered to pay a contribution of £1,000 towards EA costs. Rushbrook pleaded guilty to an offence under the same act, was also fined £500 and ordered to pay a contribution of £1,000 towards the agency’s costs.
A high priority
Stopping illegal waste sites from operating is a high priority for the EA. It will investigate and take action against anyone in the waste industry it thinks is breaking the law.