Two former directors and a wood recycler have been fined a total of £12,000 in fines for treating wood waste beyond permitted site exemptions.
Jenny Dodge of Epping and John Michael Parish of Wickford admitted operating JSJ Wood Recycling at Birchwood Industrial Estate in Essex unlawfully for eight months.
The Environment Agency (EA) was awarded £10,000 in costs by Barkingside Magistrates Court at the hearing on 10 March.
JSJ Wood Recycling registered two exemptions for the storage and treatment of up to 600 tonnes of waste wood but exceeded the allowance by storing up to 1,750 tonnes.
The site also illegally received payments for accepting waste wood on its site before chipping and baling it for incineration and export.
EA officers attended the site in May 2014 to assess compliance with the registered exemptions, but raised concerns about the way the site was being operated, most notably dust being generated from the chipping process and the treatment of waste wood of a type not allowed by the exemptions.
Lead officer Patrick Schneider said: “I visited the site on numerous occasions during 2014, but the defendants continued to ignore our advice on how to comply with their exemptions and run a site within the rules.
”Further visits to the site throughout 2014 revealed an increase in illegal activity with even more waste on-site.”
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