A Devon firm has been ordered to pay a total of £109,000 for dumping thousands of tonnes of soil and stone on farmland.
CC Haulage & Sons, based at Manor Farm, Colebrooke, Crediton, was fined £14,000 and ordered to pay £5,000 costs as well as a £90,000 Proceeds of Crime confiscation order at the sentencing hearing on 15 January 2018 at Exeter Crown Court.
In a case brought by the Environment Agency (EA), it was found that CC Haulage had illegally deposited 7,820 tonnes of waste at Beech Down Farm in Tedburn St Mary in November 2016. Farmers can have a permit exemption for up to 1,000 tonnes of non-hazardous waste.
Inquiries revealed that excessive quantities of waste, much of it from building and construction sites, had also been tipped at three other farms at Longdown, Yeoford and Crediton.
Waste transfer notes identified CC Haulage as the source. The company benefitted financially by paying the farmers less to accept the waste than it was charging its clients to take the material away.
The court heard CC Haulage believed the farmers had the necessary permits to accept the waste but had admitted it should have checked.
Judge Mercer said: “It is not entirely clear to me how the company was unclear about the limits.”
Richard Cloke of the EA said: “Haulage businesses must ensure they comply with the limits and conditions of environmental permits and exemptions. These are in place to stop the illegal deposit of waste, protect the environment and create a level playing field for the waste industry.”