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Derbyshire recycling firm to pay £370,000 for waste offences

A Derbyshire recycling company has been ordered to pay £370,000 after admitting waste offences at three sites.

Donald Ward Ltd was fined a total of £270,000 for “serious and persistent” breaches of its environmental permits at its Griffon Road and Hallam Fields sites, and for illegally operating at Old Stanton Ironworks in Derbyshire.

A proportion of the fines, £40,000, was calculated by the Environment Agency (EA) as the financial benefit to the company as a result of the breaches.

The company, trading as Ward Recycling, was also ordered to pay £100,000 prosecution costs.

It was sentenced at Derby Crown Court on 21 April after pleading guilty to three offences at an earlier hearing.

An EA investigation found the company failed to control adequately the amount of waste at its Griffon Road and Hallam Fields sites between March 2012 and June 2013.

Mixed waste brought to the Griffon Road site was stored for longer than permitted, and its strong odour caused a fly infestation, according to the EA.

It said the amount of waste stored at Hallam Fields Road posed a fire risk.

Ward Recycling operated an illegal waste operation on nearby land at Old Stanton Ironworks from February to July 2013, the agency reported.

Waste including redox fines and fragmentiser fluff generated from the permitted sites was stored in significant quantities on land without any appropriate permits or in accordance with exemptions.

Speaking after the case, an EA officer said: “Donald Ward Ltd failed to comply with its environmental permit despite multiple warning letters and enforcement notices issued by the EA.

“This prosecution demonstrates that we take cases such as this very seriously, and will not hesitate to prosecute if necessary, to protect the environment and local communities.”

According to the EA, Judge Bennett said the offences were aggravated by the fact that the company knew it was under investigation while committing the offences at Hallam Fields Road and Old Stanton Ironworks.

The company is a founding member of the National Resource Consortium, which is set to launch next month. The NRC is a group of independent smaller recycling companies set up to bid for national commercial waste contracts.

Another NRC founding firm, Weir Waste Services, was sentenced earlier this month for waste offences.

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