Three directors of a Leeds-based waste management company have been charged with waste crime offences.
Jamie Michael Todd, Michael George Todd and Thomas Todd, who were all involved in running Leeds Paper Recycling, each face six charges relating to waste storage at two sites without the required environmental permits and in a way likely to cause harm to human health.
They have been charged by the Environment Agency (EA) as part of an investigation into unauthorised waste found last year on two sites in Leeds: Goole Docks and Knostrop Depot, Old Mill Lane.
The EA investigation was launched after around 4,000 bales of household waste were found on the docks after residents and businesses complained about the smell and fly infestations. The last of the bales were removed to landfill in February.
At the Knostrop Depot, 17,000 bales of waste were found in two buildings. Following Leeds Paper Recycling going into liquidation in earlier this month, the EA is in discussions with the landowner about how to remove waste from the depot.
EA environment management team leader, Louis Harvey, said: “Waste of this nature can have a detrimental impact on the environment as well as local communities, so it is vital that companies know their responsibilities and adhere fully to waste management regulations.”
The three men will appear at Leeds Magistrates’ Court (pictured) in June.