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Site operator fined for waste burning

The operator of a County Durham site (pictured) has been fined for accepting waste outside of his licence and burning material that had no value.

James Ian Campbell, 56, admitted breaching environmental permitting regulations and was fined £550, ordered to pay costs of £800 and a victim surcharge of £55.

Darlington Magistrates Court was told that Campbell brought waste to the site at Stanley Moss, near Crook, where material that could be sold on was separated from the rest.

He disposed of the valueless waste, which included mattresses, car tyres, metal springs and frames, by burning it.

Following site visits by the Environment Agency (EA) in the summer of 2014, Campbell was advised that his licence allowed him only to carry scrap metal and prohibited the storage and disposal of mixed waste.

However, a further site visit by the EA in September 2014 noted more than 50 tyres at the site.

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