A director of a Manchester skip hire firm has been fined for keeping excessive waste on sites while ignoring enforcement notices.
In an action brought by the Environment Agency (EA), Tony Cash, a director of Birch Skip Hire, was fined £14,000 plus £7,000 costs at Manchester Magistrate’s Court for breaching environmental permitting regulations.
The company was given an absolute discharge as it has ceased trading and has made an application to Companies House to be struck off. However, the court may review this decision if circumstances change, the EA said.
Charges were brought under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010 over the firm’s waste management activities at two sites off Rondin Road, Ardwick.
At one site, waste levels amounted to 16,000 tonnes, more than 80 times the permitted limit.
The sites handled household, commercial and industrial waste and had a history of poor compliance, the EA said, with excessive waste levels giving rise to serious risks of pollution at both.
Enforcement and suspension notices requiring the removal of the waste were not complied with.
EA manager Gordon Whitaker said: “These charges send out a strong message to waste offenders that environmental crime can lead to serious enforcement action in the criminal courts and, where appropriate, individual directors of companies holding environmental permits will be held accountable.”
Whitaker said the EA was working with the landowner in “an expensive and time-consuming operation” to clear the site.
He noted the case highlighted “the importance for landowners to be aware of what damage illegal waste operations can cause and the high clean-up costs that may result”.