Two companies and three directors who ran a waste site in Stockport have been fined a total of more than £10,000 for not complying with permit conditions.
The site in Bredbury was operated initially by Asset and Land Environmental (ALE) and later by J25 Recycling. ALE was liquidated in early 2013 and one of its directors, Barry Kilroe, formed a new company called J25 Recycling at the same site.
Both companies that operated the site allowed waste to build up at the facility, with some escaping on to a neighbouring street.
Following an Environment Agency (EA) investigation into permit breaches between October 2010 and July 2012, the directors of ALE each admitted conniving in the commission of their offence with the company:
- Kilroe was fined £1,250 (in total for charges relating to ALE and J25 Recycling) and ordered to pay costs of £2,000.
- Mark Pinckney was fined £750 and ordered to pay costs of £500.
- Jane Williams of fined £450 and ordered to pay costs of £200.
J25 Recycling and Kilroe were fined for regulation breaches at the site including causing odour problems between July 2012 and March 2013. Kilroe pleaded guilty to permit breaches and conniving in the commission of his offence with the company.
J25 Recycling was fined £7,850 and ordered to pay costs of £5,000 for failing to comply with its environmental permit.
Gordon Whitaker, the EA’s environment manager for Greater Manchester said: “The EA is clamping down on businesses who are bad neighbours. When a business fails to comply with their permit, we will investigate and take legal action where appropriate.
“In this case the court has taken a dim view of the disruption this site has caused to the local community.”
The EA has also revoked J25 Recycling’s permit to operate the site. The company’s right to appeal against the decision expired earlier in August and an EA spokesperson told MRW that the agency was now considering its next move.