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Company fined for dumping at sports clubs

A Bristol-based company has been fined £26,300 for dumping 1,300 tonnes of construction waste on land belonging to a rugby club and golf club.

Durston Waste Management was ordered to pay the fine after the level of the field at Bristol and Clifton Golf Club had increased significantly due to the tipping of waste that included road planings, metal, wood, rubble and plastic piping.

Demolition waste was also dumped at North Bristol Rugby Club, with Environment Agency waste transfer notes showing that a total of 1,303 tonnes, or 79 lorry loads had been left at the two locations.

The company admitted tipping waste at both sites without a valid licence or exemption and was also ordered to pay £2,000 costs by Bristol magistrates.

Environment Agency officer Andrew Palfrey said: “Waste carriers should always check with the Environment Agency before tipping, to confirm a sites licensing status. Otherwise they risk breaking the law.”

Durston Waste managing director Geoffrey Durston was also fined £3,500 and ordered to pay costs of £350 for consenting to the illegal disposing of waste.

The case formed part of a national investigation carried out by the Environment Agency into organised environmental crime involving ‘waste brokers’ who create illegal waste sites.

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