A waste operator in the West Midlands has been disqualified from being a company director and fined for running an illegal facility.
At Wolverhampton Magistrates’ Court, Jaskaran Bhandal, director of Oakham Environmental Waste & Recycling, of Kingswinford, admitted one charge of failing to remove waste from the site and another of operating a waste site without an authorised environmental permit.
He was fined £1,332, ordered to pay £3,265 in costs, along with a £120 victim surcharge, and banned from being a company director for five years.
The case was brought by the Environment Agency (EA) which had been working with the company to bring the site into compliance. Eventually though, its environmental permit was revoked.
In court, the EA set out the sequence of events:
- The revoking decision was upheld by the Planning Inspectorate and the company was ordered to remove all the waste from the site by 2 July 2014.
- Sixteen months later, in November 2015, EA officers visited the site and noted that new waste had been deposited at the site by Oakham Environmental Waste & Recycling after its permit had been revoked.
- In May 2016, notice was served on the company to remove illegally deposited waste by 19 November.
- Officers visited the site on 22 November and noted that some attempts had been made to remove the waste but most remained.
Bhandal admitted knowing the site did not hold the relevant permits to carry out the work undertaken and accepted he was unable to comply with the notice for financial reasons.
After the case, the EA officer in charge of the investigation said: “Despite extensive previous efforts to work with the company and seek compliance, it became apparent that prosecution remained the only option to deal with this matter appropriately.”
The court was told that Bhandal had pleaded guilty at the first available opportunity, had co-operated with the EA during the investigation and said he was sorry.