Two former owners of a waste transfer business that went into liquidation have been ordered to clear the site within 18 months after admitting a series of permit breaches.
DRS Demolition National’s former director David Shrigley was ordered to pay £6,052 in fines and costs, and Donna Shrigley £4,234, after pleading guilty to three offences in a case brought by the Environment Agency (EA).
At Bodmin Magistrates Court, the couple admitted breaching an environmental permit by depolluting vehicles and illegally storing and handling waste, including plasterboard, wood, green waste and trommel fines, between April 2014 and May 2015.
They also admitted to failing to comply with an enforcement notice to reduce waste on the site (pictured above) by 500 tonnes in April 2015 and knowingly continuing waste operation without an environmental permit in December 2015.
The magistrates issued a Regulation 44 order for the former owners to clear the site within 18 months. Failure to comply with the notice is contempt of court.
The court was told that waste still at the site, owned by the pair, presented a considerable fire and pollution risk.
It is near both a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Area of Conservation at the Goss and Tregoss moors.
An EA spokesman said: “The company had been continuing to accept waste on to the site which generated income, but failed to process and transfer it off-site which reduced expenditure, undermined legitimate businesses and posed a risk to the environment.”
The company went into liquidation in April last year.
In a separate case, another Cornish waste management firm has been fined £12,000 after breaching its environmental permit.
Wilco’s Waste Management, which operates a waste transfer station in Torpoint (pictured below), pleaded guilty to five offences of permit breaches and one offence of failing to comply with an enforcement notice.
The magistrates fined the company £12,000, and ordered it to pay £4,721 in costs. In addition, company director Adam Wilcott was fined £1,920 and ordered to pay a £32 victim surcharge.
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