A waste management company has been forced to close after it was found to be illegally depositing and keeping waste on its site without a permit on two occasions.
Following successful prosecution by the Environment Agency (EA), Easy Skips (NE) Limited has had its waste carrier licence and its permit to operate its waste transfer station revoked, effectively preventing it from continuing to operate in the waste management industry.
Easy Skips was initially convicted in November 2007 of illegally depositing and storing waste on its site on Casebourne Road, Hartlepool without a permit. Company directors Kevin Brough and Andrew Benson were sentenced to return £234,393 in profits from the storage of waste in August 2009.
The company was subsequently found guilty of committing the same offence, producing what the EA described as a “mountain of rubbish” on its Thomlinson Road site.
EA north east environment manager Julian Carrington said: “Over many months, Easy Skips (NE) has been collecting waste from people and dumping it at its two sites, transforming them into unsightly mountains of rubbish.
“By revoking the company’s waste carrier’s licence and its permit, we have made it illegal for the company to continue operating in the waste industry.”
Easy Skips was unavailable for comment.