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Skip hire company fined for illegal waste storage

A skip hire company has been fined £14,000 for illegally holding a mixture of household, commercial and industrial waste on site without an environmental permit.

Easy Skip Hire of Doncaster was sentenced at Sheffield Magistrates Court. The company had pleaded guilty at an earlier court hearing.

In addition to the fine the company was ordered to pay £3,131 in costs, along with a £120 victim surcharge.

In May 2012, Environment Agency (EA) officers visited the company at Kiveton Park Industrial Estate, Sheffield, and found the waste stored on site. The company did not hold the relevant permit.

During July and August 2012 officers revisited the site on numerous occasions and found various piles of waste still being stored there. The company director was advised for the second time about the need for permit.

On 25 October 2012 the EA issued an enforcement notice on the company and requesting all documentation and waste transfer notes between 10 July 2012 and 25 October 2012. The EA did not receive these documents so officers visited the site again on 8 November 2012 and noticed it was locked up, but the waste piles had reduced. 

Officers contacted the company director who stated he had found a new site. Another enforcement notice was issued to the company and on 16 November 2012 officers received a letter and the waste transfer notes.

Officers visited the site again on 20 December 2012 and found the waste had been cleared.

Speaking after the case, an EA officer in charge of the investigation said: “Easy Skip Hire allowed waste to be brought onto its site without being permitted to do so, undermining those who legitimately operate within the law.

“The waste was stored on the ground and not contained, and during this time there was heavy rainfall causing large amounts of standing water on the site. This had the potential to produce contaminated water and severe damage to the environment.”

In mitigation, the company was given credit for its early guilty plea.

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