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Contractor defends himself against residents' claims over Waste4Fuel site

A haulier participating in the removal of some of the huge stockpile of waste abandoned on a site in Bromley has rejected accusations from local people that he had contributed to the eyesore.

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Mark Luck Ltd (MLL) is helping the Environment Agency (EA) to remove 2,000 of the estimated 15,000 tonnes of waste left at Waste4Fuel’s site in Orpington.

It secured a tender from Acumen Waste Services, a contractor of the EA based in Knottingley, West Yorkshire.

Mark Luck

Director Mark Luck, left, told MRW that since the start of the removal operations earlier in August he had received phone calls from some local people who claimed they had seen MLL’s trucks unloading waste at the site in the past.

Luck said his employees had been on the site, but did so to pick up concrete fines and transport them to a landfill in Cambridge.

“We never tipped anything there. We used to take loads out for Waste4Fuel,” he said. “We are having a lot of bad press now”.

Waste4Fuel, which is now under company voluntary arrangements, owes Luck’s company £18,000. MLL is on the creditors’ list.

“Originally we used to be paid weekly and they gained our trust, and that’s what a lot of companies do and then…they stopped paying. I believe we won’t be given that money back.”

MLL supplied services to Waste4Fuel for six weeks between October and November 2012.

“They were taking rubbish in and they weren’t moving anything. We were taking some 60 tonnes of concrete fines out a day, but it was not a lot compared to how much they were taking in. Mainly from small companies, man and van, a lot of cash payments going on,” he said.

A spokesperson for the EA said it was aware that MLL was taking part in the removal effort.

He said: “Following Acumen’s own tendering process they appointed MLL to transport the waste.  MLL were able to do the work at short notice and in the timeframe set out, allowing us to make the site safe for the London Fire Brigade as speedily as possible.”

In November 2012, MLL was fined £26,700 for charges related to depositing waste screening fines from another company, Countrystyle Recycling, using fraudulent Duty of Care notes.

Luck said: “I don’t want to go into the details. It was unfortunate and we paid our fine. It was the only incident we ever had with the EA in more than 30 years of operations.”

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