Three men said to have “significant experience” in the waste sector have been fined after an Environment Agency (EA) investigation.
Steven Broadley, Stephen Butler and their company, Broadley and Parton Ltd, were sentenced in relation to an unlawful waste operation on land at Cinetic Quarry near Wildmoor, Worcestershire.
Employee Steven Bragg, who admitted operating the site beyond the extent of the environmental permit, was also fined.
All defendants pleaded guilty before a trial and were fined a total of £18,750 and ordered to pay £30,250 costs.
The sentencing hearing, which followed a two-year investigation by the EA, heard evidence that the site had operated beyond the terms of the permit, and industrial and municipal waste was buried in the quarry.
The judge said the site had been operated in a “haphazard and irregular way”.
In mitigation, the directors said any financial gains from the unlawful waste operation had been overestimated and the actual environmental risk had been very low.
Both denied any knowledge of waste having been buried, and they denied that they had made any substantial financial benefit.
Two other defendants are yet to be sentenced.
After the case, an EA spokesperson said: “This site posed a risk to the environment and had the potential to harm human health because it did not have the correct infrastructure in place to support the waste being disposed of there.
“All of the defendants have significant experience in the waste industry, so they would have been fully aware of their obligations to comply with environmental permitting rules which help ensure the environment remains protected.”