The Environment Agency (EA) has confiscated £80,000 from the director of a Lancashire recycling company under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
Andrew Park, of Wyre Waste Recycling, admitted six charges brought by the EA after an investigation into illegal waste activities. On top of the £80,000 confiscation, Park was ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid community work.
Preston Crown Court was told that 3D modelling identified 21,000 cu m of construction and demolition waste dumped in Poulton-le-Fylde and Preesall. This was said to be the equivalent of more than 8 Olympic sized swimming pools.
Waste from Park’s legitimate operations, a skip hire business and waste transfer station in Fleetwood, was transferred to two areas of land in order to be illegally disposed of on farmland.
Park diverted some of the collected waste to two different sites, supposedly for compost or construction material. Neither site had suitable permissions in place.
EA officers found that the waste wasn’t suitable for composting as it contained plastic and metals and some was being ploughed into fields at the site.
The company’s website says: “Ethics have been paramount throughout the two decades that Wyre Waste Recycling has been in business. Diligent application of ethical principles have paid off”. It goes on: “The company has a simple philosophy with regards to waste. It is ‘Tipping recyclable waste at a landfill site is unacceptable’.”