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Illegal tyre waste operator fined

A Wiltshire man has been ordered to pay more than £4,700 for illegally operating a tyre waste site.

Wayne Clark illegally deposited tyres at an industrial park in Faringdon Business Park near Great Coxwell, Oxfordshire between October 2011 and January 2012.

Clark was fined £2,700, ordered to pay £1,998.25 in costs and a £15 victim surcharge at Oxfordshire Magistrates’ Court. He was served with a notice to remove 2,000 illegally deposited tyres after admitting operating at the site without a valid Environmental Permit.

Following site visits by the Environment Agency, Clark admitted bringing tyres to the site and cutting the tyres from their metal rims in order to sell the metal, but failed to remove the tyres from the site despite requests from the agency.

Investigating officer Jack Knight said: “Running an unregulated waste operation can damage the environment and provide unfair competition to properly regulated sites, which have the additional costs of complying with a permit.”

Clark pleaded guilty to an offence under Regulation 38 (1)(a) of the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010, which creates a statutory offence of carrying out unpermitted waste activities.

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