The operators of a waste management site and the land’s owner have been fined more than £100,000 after illegally depositing more than 6,000 tonnes of controlled waste on a floodplain.
The Environment Agency (EA) reported that the waste was deposited by Manns Waste Management in private grounds owned by Glenn Tamplin in Abridge, Essex, in early 2014.
At Snaresbrook Crown Court on 30 September, the company was fined £50,000 and ordered to pay £18,648 costs.
Director Ricky Mann was fined £8,000 and was also ordered to pay £18,648 in costs. Judge Hammerton set a period of two months’ imprisonment if the fine is not paid within nine months.
According to the EA, the court found Tamplin had acted negligently in allowing waste to be dumped. He was fined £45,000 and ordered to pay £30,789 costs. Hammerton set a period of nine months’ imprisonment if the fine is not paid within three months.
Tamplin’s premises, next to the river Roding, were on a floodplain and did not have an environmental permit or an exemption for the waste to be deposited, the agency said.
It said mixed household and commercial waste was deposited across an area roughly the size of a football pitch, which had caused the land to be raised by approximately 2m.
The EA said since its intervention, the defendants arranged for the waste to be cleared and this was taken into consideration during the sentencing hearing.
Hammerton concluded that the offending resulted in significant clean-up costs and the lack of the appropriate documentation significantly undermined the regulatory regime.
Emma Viner, EA enforcement team leader, said: “The sentences in this case reflect the seriousness with which the EA and the courts view this type of criminal offending and will hopefully act as a deterrent to others.”
MRW has contacted Manns Waste Management for comment.