A Dorset composting business has been ordered to pay £13,500 in fines and costs for breaching its environmental permit and causing offensive odours.
The Environment Agency said it had received numerous complaints about the composting activities of Eco Sustainable Solutions since 2006.
The company, which is located close to houses, local business parks and Bournemouth Airport, was issued with various warning letters and was subsequently served with four enforcement notices.
Appearing before Bournemouth magistrates, Eco Sustainable Solutions Ltd, of Chapel Lane, Parley, Christchurch was fined a total of £7,400 and ordered to pay £6,100 costs after pleading guilty to four offences of contravening permit conditions between October 2012 and June 2013, and five offences of causing significant odour off site between February and April 2013.
Stephanie Marriott for the Environment Agency said: “The good news is the operator has now complied with three of the notices and is on course to comply with the fourth very soon.
“Since December 2013 they have worked closely with us and made significant on-site improvements. They have stopped their in-vessel composting activities.”