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Company fined £6,000 for depositing construction waste

A Hounslow-based company has been fined £6,000 for dumping 55 loads of construction waste without a waste management licence.

Fowles Crushed Concrete pleaded guilty at High Wycombe Magistrates Court to charges of depositing soil from construction sites on farmland at Park House in Hedgerley, Bucks.

With firms required to hold a licence to prevent the illegal dumping of soils, hardcore and sub soils taken from demolition sites, the charges related to material dropped over a two month period in 2004.

Investigating officer Kate Biddlecombe said: “Quite rightly the waste industry is highly regulated because of the risks it poses to both the natural environment and the general public who rely upon it.

“Fowles crushed concrete failed to act responsibly within law and protect the environment from wastes which could contain dangerous material. Drinking water in particular is heavily dependent on unpolluted aquifers and rivers, which could be contaminated by de-composting waste.”

With the waste possibly containing contaminants such as heavy metals and other toxic elements, officers from South Buckinghamshire District Council had initially raised the alarm.

Biddlecombe added: “We are satisfied with the sentence and the high level of fine shows how seriously the court takes this offence.”

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