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Tyre-shredders ordered to pay £5,000

A Lancashire tyre-shredding company has been ordered to pay £5,000 in total for failing to comply with the conditions of a waste management licence and operating without one during a period of suspension.

Lancaster Magistrates Court found of Heysham Business Park guilty of the offences and gave its director Steven Dyer a conditional discharge.

The company had been granted a waste management licence in February 2002 which allowed it to store 90 tonnes of tyres on site under the proviso it employed someone with a Waste Management Industry Training and Advisory Board certificate within two years.

Its licence was suspended in February 2004 when it failed to do so, but this suspension was revoked when the director told the Environment Agency (EA) he had employed a technically competent person.

It later transpired this person had never worked for the company, and the licence was once again suspended as well as a notice served to remove over 100 tonnes of shredded tyres from the site.

An EA environment officer said: “As a trader in the waste management industry, Tyreshredder was fully aware of the requirements of a waste management licence and its conditions. The company had ample opportunity to remedy the situation due to its regular contact with the Agency but failed to do so. As a result we had no choice but to prosecute.”

Tyreshredder was ordered to pay a fine of £2,500 and costs of the same amount to the Environment Agency.

The officer added: “The purpose of the licence restrictions was to minimise fire risk and environmental damage to the land. Tyres have a high calorific value and if a fire takes hold they generate large quantities of heat that may burn for long periods of time. Burning tyres may result in the release of a number of substances which are harmful to human health and the environment.”

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