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Eight months in jail for waste offence

The operator of a waste site in Kent has been jailed for eight months for the illegal disposal, sorting and treatment of construction demolition waste.

John Millen, who traded as KM Millen Grab Hire, admitted using the Gas Road site in Sitttingbourne for illegal waste transfer activities.

The Environment Agency (EA) brought charges following an investigation in December 2014 which established that more than 40,000 tonnes of waste had been illegally deposited on the site.

Millen ignored guidance on the action he was required to take as well as an Enforcement Notice to clear the site by the end of March 2015. He continued to crush, treat and deposit waste.

Passing sentence at Maidstone Crown Court, Judge St. John-Stevens said that Millen was the “controlling mind of the business” and he ignored all advice offered by the EA regarding his operations. 

Alan Cansdale, environment manager at the EA, said: “Millen was fully aware that he was not allowed to store that amount of waste on the site, but continued to accept more construction and demolition waste while ignoring the advice and guidance issued to him. His actions put the environment at risk.”

 

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