A recycling firm has been fined for operating a facility in Wales without a permit.
Eurokey Recycling pleaded guilty and was fined £10,000, ordered to pay £2,250 costs and a £120 victim surcharge at Newport Magistrates Court on 21 October.
On a visit to Eurokey’s Newport site in June 2015, a Natural Resources Wales (NRW) officer spotted a large volume of crushed glass and various mixed waste which had been deposited and illegally stored on the site.
In January 2014, the waste had been shipped to an operator in Poland, who had rejected the shipment. The waste was then returned to Newport where it had been deposited at the site.
It is estimated that around 3,500 tonnes of mixed waste was stored at Bird Port, Eastern Dry Docks.
NRW said it contacted Eurokey managing director John Dhillon and was assured that steps were being taken to remove the waste, but this did not happen.
In September 2015, NRW served notice on the company to remove the waste by February 2016 and provide documentary evidence that it had been carried out.
Eurokey did not appeal against this notice and, despite further correspondence assuring NRW that the waste would be removed, this failed to happen.
Steve Morgan, operations manager for NRW, said: “The motivation behind the crime was financial and, by not having the necessary permissions and infrastructure to protect the environment, the company undercut legitimate permitted sites.
“Disposing or storing of waste illegally can harm the environment and undermines businesses that invest in the required measures, so it is essential that we take action in such cases to protect people and the environment, as well as safeguarding the market place for legitimate operators.”
MRW has contacted the company for comment.