The Dorset Waste Partnership is among the environmental charities and projects that will share more than £2.2m raised by the Environment Agency (EA) from its enforcement undertakings.
The payments followed offences that included pollution of rivers or the sea, not meeting permit conditions or not taking reasonable steps to recover packaging waste.
Enforcement undertakings are increasingly being used for suitable cases to restore or enhance the environment, improve practices of the offending business and ensure future compliance, the EA said, though it warned that it would still prosecute in serious cases.
Companies make a payment to an appropriate charity or project, accept liability, demonstrate restoration of harm and undertake to make improvements.
EA director of legal services Peter Kellett said: “When companies damage the environment whether it is through polluting our waters or breaching permit conditions, we will take enforcement action against them including civil sanctions.
“We take these environmental incidents very seriously and these payments of more than £2.2m direct to charities will help them carry out vital projects to improve our environment right across England.”
Dorset Waste Partnership’s £400,000 windfall comes from Wessex Water Services which failed to comply with a permit condition for water discharge activity. It will pay a further £400,000 jointly to Purbeck District Council and Swanage Town Council, together with £100,000 to the Dorset Litter Free Coast and Sea Project and £75,000 to Durlston Country Park and Nature Reserve.
Other waste-related payments included Remondis UK paying £5,000 to the Mersey Forest Foundation for failure to comply with permit conditions for waste operations while Angel Springs Holdings will contribute £24,329.54 to Marine Conservation Society for failing to register packaging waste or take reasonable steps to recover it.