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Fines for company illegally spreading food waste

Fines and costs totalling nearly £40,000 have been imposed on a company and a director for illegally spreading food waste on farmland.

Former company director Timothy Rowley and Tank Industrial Maintenance Limited pleaded guilty at Nottingham Crown Court to eight offences relating to spreading activities at two farms in Doncaster and Worksop in 2013.

Tank Industrial Maintenance admitted a further offence of failing to ensure that land-spreading activities were overseen by a technically competent person.

The company, based in Killamarsh, Sheffield, and now under new management, was fined a total of £20,000 and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £18,000. Rowley, from Wales Kiveton, Sheffield, was disqualified as a director for four years, fined £1,000 and ordered to pay a contribution towards prosecution costs of £572.

The charges were brought by the Environment Agency (EA) under the Environmental Permitting (England & Wales) Regulations 2010.

The court was told that the company, which specialised in the removal of liquid food waste, spread around 2,000 tonnes of liquid waste on fields at Baxter Farm, Doncaster, and Clumber Farm, Worksop, without a deployment form being agreed by the EA.

The company had an environmental permit that allowed it to spread food waste for agricultural benefit, but it was a condition of the permit that a form was agreed by the EA before any spreading activities took place.

At all times, Rowley was in charge of land spreading operations. To maintain contracts with waste producers, he decided to spread liquid waste on the land because the company had collected too much.

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