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Sheffield recycling company fined £9,000 for handling excessive waste

A Sheffield waste company has been fined £9,000 and two senior managers given 240 hours of community service for handling excessive amounts of waste.

The company, M White Ltd, was also ordered to pay costs of £8,810 to the Environment Agency (EA) at Sheffield Magistrates Court. The EA said it brought the case to court after three years of attempting to get the Stannington-based company to comply with its permit.

Defendants, director Mark White and his son James White were each given 120 hours of community service.

The defendants were found guilty of three offences on 28 June. They faced two charges for handling excess waste beyond their permitted amount and one charge for not complying with an enforcement notice.

In evidence to the court, the EA said an audit of the site in April 2008 showed that it held 1,840 tonnes of inert waste when its permit was for only 200 tonnes. Furthermore, it held 377 tonnes of household waste instead of the permitted 250 tonnes.

On subsequent investigations in 2009 and 2010, EA officers found that there was still excess waste and incorrect segregation of the wastes.

The EA said the company removed 330 tonnes of waste by August 2011, but remained in breach of the permit regulations.

M White Ltd cited equipment failures and problems with staff, according to the EA. The company also said that it had received a tax demand of £68,000.

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