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Site back in operation after waste cleared

Slack lane Shows Waste Management

A waste company has been allowed to resume operations on its Derbyshire site after clearing a fly-infested dump that had forced the closure of nearby shops.

After exceeding the permitted storage allowance at its Slack Lane site in Derby, Shows Waste Management was ordered by the Environment Agency (EA) to remove specified materials from the site and was banned from accepting any more.

The EA said its original notice was not complied with, so it then demanded the firm removed all waste from the site.

According to the EA, the excessive waste became infested with flies, caused misery to local residents and forced the closure of some shops.

The fly situation has been under control for a while now, the agency added, but waste had to be removed before additional restrictions were lifted.

Mark Haslam, East Midlands environment manager at the EA, said: “We are sorry that local residents had to face the fly problems earlier in the summer. This is a prime example of why we set permit requirements and why they need to be met.

“Too much waste on a site, especially if it is outside, massively increases the risk of this kind of issue. That is why we not only limit the amount of waste but also prescribe what type of waste and how it should be stored.

“As the owners have now met our requirements, the enforcement order no longer stands. And as they have planning permission to use the site as a waste facility, they will be allowed to continue to operate as long as they meet the conditions of our permit.”

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