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EA issues fine for waste permit violations

A waste management operator has been fined £2,400 for breaching environmental regulations at a site he ran in West Yorkshire.

David Thornton had a permit to sort, recycle and transfer waste at Holby Business Park in Sowerby Bridge, subject to a number of conditions. His permit allowed him to bring waste onto the site in skips before sorting it and moving it on for either recycling or landfilling.

However, the Environment Agency (EA) found in February 2012 that Thornton was not keeping to the conditions of his permit by leaving the site unfenced and not taking measures to prevent waste from escaping. Some waste was also being kept on site for more than 30 days, contrary to the permit.

David Thornton's site in Halifax

Thornton’s site in Halifax

He was warned he had to operate within the conditions but on another visit an EA officer saw more waste at the site. A legal notice requiring him to resolve the breaches was issued in May 2012 and a July deadline passed without any improvement.

Thornton then abandoned the site, leaving the landowner to clear 410 tonnes of waste at the cost of £40,000.

Gail Gray, EA environment officer, said: “Waste regulations exist to ensure that waste operations like this do not impact on the environment or local communities. The Environment Agency aims to work with businesses to help them meet their environmental obligations, but where significant breaches are seen, enforcement action will be taken.”

In addition to the fine, Thornton was ordered to pay £4,016 in costs and a victim surcharge of £100.


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