Two Dorset men have been given community work orders and told to pay compensation after their business was overwhelmed by piles of waste at their premises.
Weymouth Magistrates Court heard how Ling Recycling (Dorset) ended up operating illegally after Benjamin and Daniel Ling signed a contract to collect waste for an unnamed national company.
They soon had more waste than they could handle at their Tolpuddle premises and, when Environment Agency (EA) officers visited, they found a huge stockpile that included cardboard, plastics, mattresses, wood, tiles, bath tubs, carpet and rubble (pictured).
The company had previously registered exemptions with the EA, meaning it did not require an environmental permit for low-risk activities that did not cause pollution.
But the subsequent high volume of material and failure to segregate and contain it put the site in breach of these exemptions. The EA de-registered it and gave the company a month to remove the waste.
When this was not done, Daniel Ling said the company could not pay to clear the site and the landowner later agree to at a cost of £25,973.
Both men were given 12 months’ community orders, ordered to work 120 hours, pay compensation to the landowner of £1,500, EA costs of £1,000 and a victim surcharge of £80 after pleading guilty to Operating a Regulated Facility without an Environmental Permit, contrary to Regulation 38(1)(a) and 12(1) Environmental Permitting (England & Wales) Regulations 2016.