New Cross based Hinkcroft Transport has been fined £87,837 after the company admitted to breaching waste permit conditions that led to “persistent foul odours” from shredding mixed degradable waste.
The company faced two charges for “operating a regulated facility except under and to the extent authorised by an environmental permit” under regulations 12(2) and 38(2) of the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2007 and 2010. Croydon Crown court fined the company £65,000 and ordered it to pay £22,837 in costs.
The court heard that breaches of the company’s permit created a “persistent foul odour” for residents over a two-year period, after it was found that the company was shredding mixed degradable waste to increase handling capacity.
Following residents’ complaints and the intervention of Lewisham Deptford MP Joan Ruddock, 59 permit breaches were revealed across 41 site visits between January 2008 and December 2009. Despite the serving of an enforcement notice in November 2009 and Environment Agency interventions, the company continued to breach its permit until February 2011.
Environment officer Jess Lockett said: “Despite our attempts to remedy the problem through warning letters, meetings with the company and enforcement notices, the company demonstrated a blatant disregard for its permit conditions, the environment and the misery caused to local residents.”
Hinkcroft Transport was unavailable for comment.