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Criminal vehicle crushers found guilty

Two illegal vehicle crushers have been found guilty of storing and crushing cars at an industrial estate in Cornwall.

Up to 100 cars per day were baled at the unlicensed site on the Bodmin Parkway Industrial Estate, with oil covering the yard's non-concreted surface.

The End-of-Life Vehicles (ELV) regulations state that only yards with a waste management licence, a concreted surface and a vehicle depollution rig can become an Approved Treatment Facility (ATF) for the recycling of old bangers.

There had been an outcry among vehicle recyclers that had invested vast amounts of money to become ATFs that illegal crushers were "getting away with it" while the Government failed to implement the ELV regulations fully. (see mrw story)

However, the regulations did get then final go-ahead in February and prosecutions like these may offer some comfort to those aggrieved recyclers.

Appearing before Liskeard magistrates, White Horse Car Breakers partner Garth Trickett pleaded guilty to knowingly permitting controlled waste to be treated on land at White Horse Bodmin Parkway Industrial Estate, which did not have a waste management license.

Gormans Metals Limited of Harlington Works, Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot, Devon also pleaded guilty to treating controlled waste on land at the same site without a valid waste management license.

Trickett, as partner in the business was personally fined £1,000 with £540 costs.
Gormans Metals was fined £1,000 with £576 costs.

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