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Skip hire director given suspended prison sentence

The director of a skip hire company in Lincolnshire has received a suspended 12-month prison sentence after allowing up to 17 times more waste on his site than the permit’s limit.

Shaun Nigel Dixon, sole director of SOS Skip Hire and Haulage, was ordered to do 200 hours unpaid work for the community, pay £16,094 costs and produce a plan on how he is going to clear the site in Dale Street, Lincoln.

Dixon was also disqualified from being a company director for five years after admitting breaching environmental permit and planning conditions.

According to the Environment Agency (EA), Dixon was told at his sentencing at Lincoln Crown Court that he dealt with his business “in an amateurish way”.

The EA had served two enforcement notices and revoked its permit in December 2013 after Dixon allowed nearly 20,000 tonnes of waste to be brought to the site when the limit was 1,100 tonnes.

The agency found that the materials were “akin to landfill waste” but were handled without the precautions that a legitimate landfill site would have in place.

Anne-Lise McDonald, an officer conducting a joint prosecution for the EA and Lincolnshire County Council as the waste planning authority, said: “The waste was decomposing causing black stagnant liquid to leach out of the waste, bad odours, litter and an increase in flies. The excessive height of the wastes were also harmful to visual amenity.”

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