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EA clamps down on unlicensed sites

The Environment Agency (EA) continues to show that it will not tolerate companies storing scrap vehicles without the necessary documentation.

In two separate cases, individuals were fined for failing to comply with regulations pertaining to the storage of controlled waste and scrap motor vehicles.

At Teesside magistrates Court, Zafar Quyoom of Acklam, Middlesbrough was ordered to pay £5,750 in total after failing to adhere to waste management laws.

Quyoon had operated a scrap business that involved breaking up vehicles and the storage of vehicles and vehicle parts before new laws in November 2003 required sites that deal with non de-polluted vehicles to gain a waste management licence.

After initially gaining a licence, this was later suspended by the EA who deemed its conditions were not being fully complied with.

However, Quyoom continued to store polluted vehicles at the site on Commercial Street, Middlesbrough and at a second site on North Street.

Alan Wildgoose of Buxton pleaded guilty to similar charges at Buxton Magistrates after failing to comply with a notice requiring him to remove waste from his premises.

Wildgoose, who had run a scrap vehicle company for over 36 years but believed the new legislation had gradually forced him out of business, was ordered to pay £1,500 in total.

EA team leader Geoff Craig said: “This case really highlights why people who store scrap vehicles need to obtain the relevant EA authorisation.

“Vehicles contain a wide range of hazardous components and substances, for example, engine oil, battery acid, and petrol. If a waste vehicle is dismantled, crushed or shredded before these substances have been removed, there is a significant risk of pollution.”

Under the End of Life Vehicle Regulations, all sites that store scrap vehicles are required to obtain a Waste Management Licence.

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