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Company fined £25,000 for waste offences

A Sudbury-based waste management company has been ordered to pay £27,400 in total for operating without a licence.

Colchester Magistrates Court imposed the penalties on McFletch Waste Management for operating on a site at Middleton Hall Farm near Sudbury.

The company had initially been sent a letter in January last year when it became apparent that they were screening and keeping waste without a waste management licence.

A follow-up letter ordered them to stop proceedings as deposited soil and waste timber amounted to controlled waste and its treatment needed Environment Agency clearance.

McFletch chose to ignore these commands and nine months later, amid ongoing waste operations, 11 full skips, a piece of asbestos piping and a scrapped television set were found on site, while controlled waste was also being burnt.

Environment team leader Mike Webley said: “These operations were causing localised air pollution and had the potential to contaminate both land and water. The discovery of asbestos on the site also raised health and safety issues which could have impacted on the site operators and local residents.”

In total, the company was fined £25,000 and ordered to pay £2,400 costs for operating the illegal site.

Webley added: “This prosecution shows that the Agency will take a firm line with illegal waste operations. It is not acceptable to store and sort waste without the benefit of a waste management licence and it is never acceptable to burn waste.”

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