MRW’s regular round-up on court cases
Wood recycler fined for dust escape from yard
Wellingborough firm Larner Pallets (Recycling) was fined £3,000 with £3,000 costs for allowing wood dust to escape from its yard. The company admitted breaching the Environmental Protection Act1990 for more than a year. Wellingborough Magistrates heard on 24 May that nearby businesses complained that dust from wood chipping was so heavy it looked like snow coming down.
Skip firm guilty of illegally storing waste
GR Shorthouse Ltd pleaded guilty at Kidderminster Magistrates’ Court on 23 May of operating a regulated waste facility without an environmental permit and failing to ensure Waste Transfer Notes were correctly completed on three separate occasions. The company was fined a total of £4,000 and also ordered to pay £500 in costs, along with a £15 victim surcharge.
Jail for operator of illegal scrap yard
A man has been jailed for more than two years for running a waste facility without a permit and handling stolen goods. Russell Barratt, 50, of Maggot Farm, Knottingley, West Yorkshire, received a six-month sentence for running the illegal scrap vehicle site. A trailer, tanker and potato harvester which had all been reported as stolen were also found at the site. Environment Agency officers said the ground around the site had been contaminated extensively by diesel or oil.
Vehicle dismantler to pay nearly £4,000
Faisal Abdelnabi, of Peterbourough, was fined £2,000 with costs of £1,700 after pleading guilty to illegally dismantling vehicles and loading them for export. Peterborough Magistrates’ Court heard that vehicles were sent for dismantling to a yard in Oxney Road run by Abdelnabi. He dismantled them and loaded them into containers, which were exported to Egypt by the people who had sent the vehicles to him.
A Builder and waste operator permit revoked
A builder and waste operator has had his permit to carry and store waste revoked. In April last year, John Albert Gizzi, of Ffordd Las Bach, Tan y Fron Road, Abergele, pleaded guilty to charges of illegally disposing of waste on farmland in Conwy and Denbighshire and not storing or treating waste properly. The Environment Agency revoked his permit to carry waste as part of his J&T Gizzi Builders company. An appeal against this decision to the Planning Inspector was turned down on 15 May.