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Unlicensed waste transfer station fined £60,000

An east-London based waste transfer station has been ordered to pay £60,000 for flouting the terms of its waste management licence exemptions.

John Palmer, owner of Palmer Pallets, the Havering-based waste transfer station, was taken to Havering Magistrates Court by the Environment Agency. The company was operating the site as a waste transfer station without the necessary waste management licence and planning permission.

According to the EA, Palmer had been operating for a number of years under waste management exemptions to recycle materials such as pallets, plastic, paper, cardboard, glass and wood. However, these exemptions only allowed for the storage of separately collected waste which could then be transported for recycling.

John Palmer trading as Palmer Pallets flouted the terms of the exemptions and ignored all reasonable attempts by the Environment Agency to help him operate his business legitimately, said EA environment officer Toby Wymer.

We are pleased that the court has recognized the gravity of this incident and hope that these fines will act as an incentive to other illegal waste operators to operate within the regulatory framework and respect their local environment.

EA officers have also recently fined two other companies in separate cases for breaching environmental laws. A Middlesex waste company, Iver Recycling, has been ordered to pay £17,650 for failures to protect the environment. Furthermore, a Tonbridge frozen food company was fined £1,000 for not complying with packing waste regulations for two years.

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