A Worcestershire company and its director have been fined for waste offences.
D Jordan Road Brush Hire and director David Thomas Jordan appeared at Worcestershire Magistrates Court on charges brought by the Environment Agency (EA) under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010.
The company was sentenced for two offences of storage, treatment and the disposal of waste without an environmental permit and fined £6,660.
It was also ordered to pay costs of £9,767.75, a victim surcharge of £120 and compensation of £9,350.
Jordan, of Crutch Lane, Droitwich Spa, was sentenced for two offences of consenting to the company’s illegal waste operations and fined £4,140.
Officers had found large piles of waste material at Station House, Hanbury Road, Droitwich Spa – owned privately by Jordan – including old tyres, waste batteries, mixed commercial waste and drums that had leaked industrial oil.
At Dodderhill Equestrian Centre, owned by the company, officials found skips of metal waste, mounds of straw and manure, and evidence of waste having been burnt.
Road sweepings and manure were dewatering, causing discharges of muddy water from drains in a residential area further down the sewer line.
Both parties pleaded guilty to the offences. Neither had any previous convictions for environmental offending, although the EA said the company was formally cautioned in 2011 for illegally discharging water contaminated with road sweepings into a surface water drain.