A South Yorkshire demolition and haulage firm has been fined for illegally depositing waste at unpermitted locations.
Brocklebank & Co (Demolition) Ltd, based in Sheffield, was fined £20,000 at Rotherham Magistrates’ Court over a contract to remove an excavated road surface and foundation in 2009.
The company had been brought in to do the job for Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, with the understanding that the excavated material would be taken to an appropriate recycling facility.
But investigations by the Environment Agency revealed that, while some of the waste was being disposed of legally, waste material was also being taken to sites where the legally-required permits were not in place.
Laboratory tests on this waste showed that the materials contained elevated levels of lead, chromium and molybdenum. The court was told that approximately 5,740 tonnes of waste, in 287 lorry loads, were illegally deposited by Brocklebank.
In most transfer notes provided by the firm, the material was wrongly described as ‘slag’, and many notes lacked information about where the waste was being deposited.
The firm admitted three charges for taking waste to sites which lacked the legally-required environmental permit, and one charge of failing to complete the legally-required paperwork for waste transfers.
In mitigation, the company told the court that no significant harm had been caused by their operation.
Brocklebank was also ordered to pay £8,278.37 in costs, and a victim surcharge of £120.