An Essex waste company and its director have been ordered to pay more than £20,000 for storing waste that exceeded the site permit.
Connect Waste Management UK and director Samantha Jones pleaded guilty to storing waste at a facility on Denver Site, Ferry Lane, Rainham, higher than a permitted limit of six metres.
At Snaresbrook Crown Court on 8 November, Jones was fined £2,136 and ordered to pay costs of £4,000. The company, which stores and treats general waste, waste wood and soils, was fined £6,000 and ordered to pay costs of £8,000.
The court heard how, in November 2013, Environment Agency (EA) officers found large amounts of unprocessed mixed waste overflowing from a shed.
According to the EA, the waste filled the shed to the roof (approximately 10m high) and extended into the front yard by approximately 30m.
EA lawyers told the court the defendant had a management system in place to help manage environmental impacts from their sorting, bailing, screening and shredding activity.
In April and May 2014, the EA received numerous reports of fires at the site. When officers returned to inspect the site they found smoke coming from it.
Environment officer Holly Watson said: “Our officer informed the defendant of the potential for fire and the impact their activities were having on the neighbouring business.
“Officers also discovered that the site surface, which must be constructed of impermeable concrete, was badly damaged in some places. This could be a major problem if there was a spillage of any polluting substances because the site is very close to Sites of Special Scientific Interest and Rainham Brook.
“With compromised concrete there is a risk of the polluting substance getting into the groundwater and travelling to these sensitive receptors.”
- Connect Waste Management UK Ltd is not related to Dagenham-based firm Connect Waste Management Ltd.