The Environment Agency (EA) has prosecuted a Chichester-based skip hire firm for illegally trading for more than eight years.
It said Maxi Skips, of Polthooks Farm, Fishbourne, operated without planning permission or environmental permits.
The prosecution was brought as part of Operation Mosaic, a local initiative against waste crime that includes the EA, the police, local authorities and environmental organisations.
Maxi Skips appeared at Worthing Magistrates’ Court on 13 November and pleaded guilty to the offence. It was fined £15,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,500.
The court heard that in September 2012, EA officers visited the site with planning officers from West Sussex County Council. They witnessed staff at the site sorting waste from skips.
Work was stopped with immediate effect and the company’s director made a full admission on operating an illegal waste transfer station and skip business without planning permission or environmental permits.
Agency environmental crime officer Simon Moore said: “Operation Mosaic in an ongoing initiative and the net is closing in on people who think they can make easy money undercutting legitimate waste businesses by putting the local environment at risk.”