A Devon skip company has been ordered to pay £5,500 in fines and costs for illegally burning waste.
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Appearing before Exeter magistrates, Tivvy Skips was fined £3,000 and ordered to pay £2,500 costs after being found guilty of breaching Regulation 38 of the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2016, in a case brought by the Environment Agency (EA).
On 6 January 2017, the waste transfer station near Tiverton run by Tivvy Skips was inspected, and waste was seen being placed in a dumper truck before being transferred into a skip and burned.
The EA said the condition of the skip and debris indicated the burning of waste was ”routine”.
The court heard the company had been warned about burning waste but had ignored the EA.
Alan Hutchings, site manager at Tivvy Skips, blamed the burning on a member of staff who he claimed was doing it without his knowledge.
Richard Tugwell, of the EA, said: “Burning waste is illegal and poses a serious risk to the environment and human health. The motive is nearly always financial because it reduces the amount of waste a company has to dispose of legally.”
Since the offence, the company has introduced new management procedures and was found to be compliant during a recent inspection.