A waste company in Nottinghamshire has been ordered to pay more than £22,000 in fines and costs for operating illegally on a high fire risk site.
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Officers from the Environment Agency (EA) told Mansfield Magistrates Court that the Worksop site, run by Yorkshire Waste Services, had previously been used by a company called Trent Valley Recycling, which had once had an environmental permit for the site but it was lost when the latter went out of business.
EA officers discovered that, between April and June last year, Yorkshire Waste was storing a significant quantity of baled textile waste on-site, which was considered a high fire risk.
The public register showed that several companies had registered exemptions for waste activity on the site and, because of this, along with the risks associated with the site, the exemptions were de-registered.
An enforcement notice was served on Yorkshire Waste, giving it 21 days to clear the site of illegal waste (pictured). However, no attempt was made to remove it.
Magistrates said the company had flagrantly disregarded the law in committing the offences, and also noted that the offences took place close to a high-risk fire site.
The company was fined £15,000, ordered to pay costs of £7,200 and pay a victim surcharge of £120.
No representative of the company was in court for the hearing on 2 March.
The EA said: “Yorkshire Waste Services has repeatedly put the environment at risk by deliberately ignoring the law for financial gain. Illegal waste activity such as this has a detrimental impact on the community and environment, as well as undermining legitimate businesses.”