A hazardous waste disposal company and its sister company that operated without the correct licence have been fined a total of £36,000, following an investigation by the Environment Agency (EA).
Petrotech Services Ltd and Petrochemical Services Ltd, both based at the same premises in Hull, were fined by Hull Magistrates after each admitted one charge of operating a regulated waste facility without the required permit.
The EA visited the companies a number of times between March and October 2012 to discover hazardous waste being kept there.
In June EA officers witnessed three individuals at the premises using a hammer and a pick axe to destroy a fridge freezer containing CFC gasses.
A search of the site revealed containers of oil and sludge, drums containing liquids, and hazardous waste consignment notes.
Paul Atkinson, a director of both companies, told the court a valid permit had not been obtained because of the retirement of a former manager.
But magistrates said the company’s actions were “reckless” and were a significant risk to the environment.
EA environmental crime officer Steve Williamson, said: “The potential impact of an unregulated illegal hazardous waste operation in the middle of Hull was significant.
“Whilst the companies co-operated fully with our investigation, the level of fine determined by the court demonstrates the severity with which they viewed this offending.”