Recycling firm Recyclogical has been fined £230 and must pay £2,350 in costs after being prosecuted for building a tipping bay without prior planning permission.
Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council took the firm to court for failing to comply with the requirements of a legal notice at its Blaydon Quarry landfill site.
The council said it became aware of the tipping shed and asked for information about its use, but received no answers.
A statement said Recyclogical’s legal argument against proceeding with the case was thrown out by Newcastle Magistrates Court, after which it pleaded guilty. The fine total includes a £30 victim surcharge.
Gateshead’s service director of development, transport and public protection Anneliese Hutchinson said: “This company has operated with a complete disregard for regulation, which is a cause for serious concern when it involves a company operating a landfill site.
“The council has taken robust action in this case and will continue to do so to ensure that the public is protected.”
Blaydon’s Labour MP Liz Twist has called for the site’s closure.
She said: “[It] has brought misery to the lives of many of my constituents for more than a decade. We’ve been blighted by litter escapes, traffic problems and foul smells, and the sooner this site is closed and safely restored, the better.”
MRW has attemped to contact Recyclogical for comment.