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Fine for Shropshire waste operator

A Shropshire waste management operator has been ordered to pay £69,000 for illegal waste activities.

Jarsan Ltd and Thomas Edward Jones, an officer of the company, pleaded guilty last month to the operating a regulated facility without an Environmental Permit in a rural part of Shropshire.

The prosecution related to the deposit of between 21,000 and 31,000 tonnes of waste soil and rubble at Knockin Heath Business Park, Knockin, which was operated by Jarsan.

Knockin waste

Some of the waste came from the construction of a new superstore in Welshpool, where Jarsan, trading as Rob Jones Tractor Hire, was one of the waste management companies employed to remove soil and rubble from the site.

Jarsan had registered for a series of waste management exemptions which allowed limited waste recovery. However, the amount of waste deposited was found to be more than permitted by the exemptions, and required a valid environmental permit.

Jarsan and Jones were sentenced at Shrewsbury Crown Court, which ordered that Jones, rather than the company, should pay the fine and costs, which were £24,000 and £45,000 respectively.

The charges were brought by the Environment Agency under Regulations 12 (1)(a), 38 (1)(a) and 41 (1) (a) of the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010.

In mitigation, the defence argued that there was no intention to profit and a consultant had been hired by the defendants to advise on their obligations under the Regulations.

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