Partners in a tyre shredding business have each been fined £1600 and ordered to pay costs of £1300 for storing around 5000 tyres without a waste management licence.
Derbyshire magistrates found Andrew Wilson and Kevin Smith of Mainline Tyre Processors guilty on four charges under the Environment Protection Act 1990.
Environment Agency officer Rebecca Warren said: “The incorrect storage of tyres poses both a threat to the environment and a fire risk. A Waste Management Licence sets down what needs to be in place to minimise these risks and therefore operating without one is both illegal and irresponsible.”
Warren added: “We will not hesitate in taking action against those behaving in such a way.”
The defendants have since applied for a licence and are working under a registered exemption after successfully demonstrating technical competence to carry out such activities.