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Company and MD fined for burning waste
AN ESSEX composting operator and its MD have been ined £3,000 and £2,000 respectively after burning waste and failing to comply with its environmental permit.
In an Environment Agency prosecution, Chelmsford Magis trates’ Court was told how in August 2010 a local resident witnessed a truck operated by Heatherland, based in Writtle, drive past his house, followed it with his camera and took pictures of the contents of the lorry on the loor next to a large bonire. Heatherland was authorised to keep and treat shredded green waste, operating as a composting site.
MD Michael Lunnon pleaded guilty on his own behalf and on behalf of his irm to burning controlled waste on a non-permitted area of land, as well as causing the production and escape of odours from the permitted composting site on the same land.
The court heard that the burning of waste and poor odour emissions had been detrimental to the local environment and caused distress to the local community.