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Metal recycler loses permits for three sites

J&J Stanley has failed to continue to operate three of its waste sites after having its permits revoked by the Environment Agency but a fourth retains its permit.

The Gateshead-based metals recycler has had permits revoked for its scrap metal facility in Factory Road, Blaydon, and has had two permits for a waste transfer station and a metal recycling facility in Longrigg Road, Swalwell, also revoked.

The Planning Inspectorate found there was a history of non-compliance across these sites, but J&J Stanley successfully appealed a decision to revoke the permit for its Cowen Road site, also in Blaydon, following improvements.

Environment Agency (EA) regulatory specialist Carla Metcalf said: “Persistent non-compliance is unacceptable, and we will come down forcefully on those companies who choose to operate outside the law and therefore put people and the environment at risk.

“Badly-run waste sites are a major nuisance to the local community due to pollution, odour problems and flies. We want to send out a clear message that this will not be tolerated and we will review all of your permits.”

Gateshead Environmental Health supported the EA’s decision to revoke the permits. The Planning Inspectorate heard that breaches included the failure to contain potential pollution on-site and a failure to make sure waste was secured.

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