A London waste business has been fined £15,000 after too much material was found to have piled up at its waste transfer station.
The Environment Agency (EA) reported that Winters Haulage Ltd failed to comply with the conditions of its environment permit between June 2014 and January 2015 while storing and recycling waste at British Rail Sidings, Oakleigh Road South, Southgate.
It reported that company director Mark Winters said in an interview under caution that the company was eager to comply but a number of problems, including an arson attack on another site that it ran in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, had caused a backlog of waste.
Winters Haulage no longer operates at the British Rail Sidings site (pictured).
The company pleaded guilty to the offences at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court on 9 November, and was fined £15,000, ordered to pay costs of £13,878.34 and a victim surcharge of £120.
During inspections, EA officers discovered an excessive quantity of waste on-site which was being stored in the yard outside of the waste reception building.
Officers also noted that the height of the waste exceeded the level allowed in the permit. The permit required waste to be stored in the building to a limit of 2.5m high. The waste stored in the yard included treated wood, plastics and soils.
The EA said its officers provided repeated advice and guidance to help the company meet its permit requirements but the site failed to resolve the problems.
Environment officer Ruth Shaw said: “Our main concern was dust emissions created by the tipping and bulking of waste. Also, the stockpiling of combustible waste presents a fire risk.
“The greater the amount of waste, the more serious the fire. The site is located near other businesses and residential properties so action had to be taken.
“We always seek to work with companies to help them operate within the law and we could not have done more in this case. Although prosecution is the last resort, Winters Haulage left us with no choice but to take the matter to the courts.”
The charges the company pleaded guilty to were contrary to Regulation 38(2) of the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010.
The company has been contacted by MRW for comment.