The owner of a skip business in Essex has been fined more than £4,000 for the illegal storage of waste.
Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court heard that the director of Sunshine Skips, Glen Roy Davis, ran his business illegally between March and June 2013 following an investigation from the Environment Agency (EA) which found that waste was not being stored properly.
The EA determined the site at Marsh Farm in Basildon to be unsuitable for the business due to the possibility of contamination.
The investigation found that pollutants could be washed into the soil by rainwater from 100cu m of waste in 17 skips and an equivalent amount on the ground.
Between June and November 2013, Davis allowed a friend to operate Sunshine Skips, who improperly stored and burned waste at another site.
Davis pleaded guilty to failing to prevent another person breaching environmental rules and running a waste site without permission. As well as being fined a total of £4,080, he was ordered to pay £3,000 towards costs.
EA officer Sylvie Fung said: “Davis made no attempt to contact us when he began to operate at Marsh Farm to find out what permissions he needed, and allowed his friend to operate his business on his behalf.
“Illegal waste sites such as these not only undermine legitimate businesses but can also result in environmental harm.”