A man and a waste management company have been fined a total of £25,000 over waste dumped illegally on a farm in Berkshire.
Mark Jones, 49, allowed an estimated 57,000 tonnes of waste to be illegally dumped by Simpson Environmental Services on rented land that skirted his property, Brayfield Farm, near Windsor. He rented the land from an offshore company.
Although Simpson Environmental Services had a permit to run a waste transfer site in Slough, the Environment Agency (EA) said the company did not have a permit to spread waste near Jones’ farm. The company paid Jones hundreds of thousands of pounds to use the land as an illegal waste site.
Permission from the EA to bring waste to the site was never obtained, despite warnings from officers that this was needed.
Jones pleaded guilty at Maidenhead Magistrates’ Court to three offences of causing or permitting the unlawful deposit of waste on rented land surrounding his property. He was fined £5,000, and ordered to pay costs of £4,793.84 and a victim surcharge of £120.
Simpson Environmental Services admitted three offences of unlawfully depositing waste on the land between August 2006 and September 2011. The company was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay costs of £4,793.84 and a victim surcharge of £120.
EA environmental crime officer Tom Haysler said: “Increasingly we are investigating the financial gains made by waste criminals where waste is being dumped unlawfully. We hope that these fines send a clear message to criminals that we are coming for them. Operating illegal waste sites is unacceptable and can have severe detrimental environmental impacts.
“People who operate waste sites need to ensure they have an environmental permit in place to do so. In addition, skip operators who pick up skips containing controlled waste are under a statutory duty of care under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to deliver the waste to a regulated site.”
- EA hotline for reporting anything suspicious concerning the transfer and handling of waste: 0800 80 70 60