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Waste criminal banned as company director

Waste criminal Lee Averies has been banned for six years from being a company director for misconduct while director of Averies Recycling (Swindon) and Swindon Skips.

He did not dispute that he caused Averies Recycling to breach environmental legislation by having held waste in excess of its permitted allowance at the Marshgate site in Swindon (pictured), which suffered a fire between July and September 2014.

Averies also did not dispute that his misconduct also caused Swindon Skips to breach environmental legislation by having inadequate security, storing waste where not permitted and failing to implement adequate fire breaks. The site was hit by a fire in November 2013.

Last month, Averies was ordered by Swindon Crown Court to repay the Environment Agency (EA) £200,000 under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and warned he could face prison if this is not paid within three months. Costs of £15,000 were awarded against him.

David Brooks, chief investigator for the Insolvency Service, which administers the disqualification of directors, said: “Six years is a substantial ban recognising that Lee Averies not only caused significant disruption to the surrounding area during the 57-day fire on the Marshgate site, but his actions also caused the local authority and EA to incur hundreds and thousands pounds’-worth of costs, which are ultimately picked up by local residents and tax payers.”

Averies is also serving a five-year ban from the waste industry for environmental offences.

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