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Criminal charges for Averies brothers

The Environment Agency (EA) has instituted criminal proceedings against the owners of Averies Recycling for a number of alleged environmental breaches.

David Averies and his brother Lee will appear before Swindon Magistrates’ Court, with the first hearing on 22 June.

They face allegations they:

  • kept, treated or disposed of controlled waste in a manner likely to cause pollution of the environment or harm to human life
  • breached the conditions of the environmental permit in relation to the volume of waste stored on site and having inadequate security to prevent unauthorised access to the site

The alleged offences cover the period 14 November 2013 to the 2 March 2015.

The brothers have owned three waste companies, two of which have been involved in serious waste related incidents.

There were a fire at the Averies Recycling site (pictured) in July and burned for two months.

In November, the EA rejected appeals from the Averies against the revocation of the site licence and ordered the brothers to wind up their operations.

In the same month, their sister company Swindon Skips went into administration leaving approximately 11,000 tonnes of waste.

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