The owner of a skip firm who fell foul of the courts has advised those entering the industry to comply with the the law.
According to The Press newspaper, David Mercer of Wigginton, near York, had dumped material collected from groundwork contracts with the council on land in the town without permission.
He was ordered to pay more than £18,000 in fines and costs after admitting two charges.
“It’s a fair decision,” Mercer told the paper afterwards. “I was a victim of circumstances. I was too busy working to keep up with the legislation. I didn’t ask enough questions.”
He urged anyone starting up in the waste industry to make sure they knew the law and complied with it.
Mercer’s solicitor had told magistrates that his client now had the proper permissions for the waste and was operating within the law.