Two companies have been fined £42,000 for handling waste anti-freeze illegally for more than two years.
The Environment Agency took Northampton-based MISWA Chemicals and OSS Group to court after MISWA admitted accepting the waste without a waste management licence and OSS Group admitted taking the waste to them without checking if the firm had a licence.
The EA discovered that MISWA received 650,000 litres of waste anti-freeze between April 2005 and February 2008, most of it from the OSS Group.
After the hearing which took place at Towcester Magistrates Court (19 February), Environment Agency Suzanne Harbott said: We are pleased with the outcome of this hearing as MISWA displayed negligence in their actions.
OSS Group displayed a lack of control over their waste and the outcome will show to others that having a Duty of Care is essential for everyone and that it is fundamentally important to confirm that a company has the appropriate authorisations to deal with waste.