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Illegal waste site operator sentenced

The boss of a skip hire firm which ran an illegal waste site has been sentenced to 240 hours community service.

Kenneth Harrison of of KJ Harrison Ltd admitted at an earlier hearing two charges of operating the illegal waste site for almost a year at the Old Glass Recycling Facility in Lincoln.

Harrison was also fined £1,500, and ordered to pay £1,000 towards Environment Agency (EA) costs.

Following an earlier trial at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court he was also found guilty of one offence of fly-tipping on the old Lincoln landfill site.

EA officers told magistrates they had witnessed Harrison driving to the former landfill site with a full skip of waste and saw him returning shortly afterwards with an empty skip. Photographs of a pile of waste showed that it had been added to.

During sentencing magistrates were told that Harrison had previous convictions for operating the same site without a permit in January 2009 and of burning waste there in 2008.

Miriam Tordoff for the EA told the court the offences had been deliberate and Harrison had failed to take advice which meant he continued to breach the law

Harrison had told investigating officers that he usually deposited full skips at a neighbouring waste transfer station but sometimes got ‘caught out’ late at night, at weekends or bank holidays when the site was closed so he stored them temporarily at his site.

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