A Dorset businessman and his company have been ordered to pay fines and costs of more than £40,000 for the illegal storage of cesspit and chemical toilet waste and failing to keep accurate waste transfer notes (WTNs).
Martin Perrett ran Buckland Newton Hire at Court Farm, near Dorchester, offering services including groundworks, plant hire, waste disposal, skip hire and haulage.
Weymouth magistrates was told the company had permission to store septic tank sludge at the farm but not cesspit or chemical toilet waste.
Despite being warned by the Environment Agency (EA) in 2005, Perrett continued to accept untreated cesspit and toilet waste, in effect operating an illegal waste transfer station.
It was also found that he was not keeping accurate WTNs: out of 3,260 WTNs collected, only 80 contained appropriate information. Buckland Newton Hire and Perrett were said by the EA to have a ”cavalier approach” to compliance.
Perrett was ordered to pay a total of £10,650 in fines and costs after admititng illegally screening waste, storing screened waste and in contravention of the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010 and the Waste Regulations (England and Wales) 2011.
Buckland Newton Hire was ordered to pay a total of £31,947 in fines and costs for the same offences.
Perett told MRW the company had been wrongly advised that it was covered by agricultural exemptions, and it would have secured a specific licence if it thought one had been necessary.
He said there had been no pollution incidents and the company was no longer involved in activities which had been the subject of the prosecution.