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Kent man fined £11,500
Richard Butler, the operator of Woodleas Farm in Kent has been fined £11,500 by Canterbury Magistrates’ Court after pleading guilty to running the site (pictured above) without an environmental permit. An Environment Agency investigation that discovered he was running the property as a waste transfer station, storing and processing large skips of waste.
Northern Ireland EA search two waste sites
The Department of the Environment has announced two searches for illegally buried waste in County Derry as part of “Operation Toothfish”. The searches were carried out by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency’s (NIEA) Environmental Crime Unit with assistance from the PSNI involving intrusive inspections. A quantity of waste has been found on both sites.
Janez Potocnik to receive UN Environment Award
European commissioner for environment Janez Potočnik is to receive the United Nations’ 2013 Champions of the Earth award, the UN’s highest environmental accolade. He will receive the Policy Leadership award for his commitment to an inclusive green economy and boosting resource efficiency, including reducing food wastage across the EU.
Fears for Pendle fly-tipping
Councillors fear fly-tipping in Pendle, Lancashire, will increase if proposals to charge for some waste and recycling services are introduced, The Lancashire Telegraph reported. The charges will be for garden waste collection, bulky household waste collections, and replacement wheelie bins.