The Environment Agency (EA) has used new powers for the first time to block access to an illegal waste site.
The EA investigated Birmingham-based TP&G Specialists and found that the company was operating without an environmental permit. It was also found to be causing dust and smoke emissions that were affecting neighbouring properties.
The EA said it worked with the company to help bring the site into compliance. Officers visited multiple times but the businesses continued to operate illegally.
Birmingham Magistrates Court issued a restriction order – the first of its kind – prohibiting waste from being accepted on-site for the next six months.
EA waste officer Lyndon Essex said: “We are determined to make life tough for those who damage the environment and blight local communities. While most waste sites are [run responsibly], the bad apples can cause huge damage along with significant costs to landowners to clear up the mess.
“We are working hard to ensure those who flout their responsibilities are penalised, and the new restriction orders help us to disrupt waste crime as it happens.”
The new powers came into force on 29 March and allow the EA to apply for a restriction order to prohibit access to, and the importation of waste into, premises or a specified part of premises.
Last year, the agency said it stopped illegal waste activity at 812 sites – more than two a day. In the year 2017/18 it made 93 successful waste crime prosecutions resulting in 17 prison sentences.