A London-based recycling company that sparked constant complaints from its neighbours has been fined £150,000 for two offences of operating without an environmental permit
Metal & Waste Recycling was fined £75,000 for each offence, as well as being ordered to pay £41,247 in legal costs and a £15 victim surcharge.
Woolwich Crown Court heard from that the company, which ran a recycling site from Oxestalls Road in Deptford, continued to operate a scrap metal business after its exemption to do so was revoked in October 2009 following the noise complaints.
Residents began to complain to Lewisham Council about noise from the site in 2005 and the Environment Agency became involved in 2008.
An EA-commissioned noise assessment found that noise levels from the scrap metal activities were reaching levels likely to cause complaints of nuisance. The company’s exemption was revoked in October 2009.
But further visits in 2010 revealed that the company’s noisy activities were continuing – including loading and unloading metal, cranes dragging scrap along the ground and metal being dropped from height.
Environment officer Michael Real said: “I’m very pleased the court has recognised the problems this site caused for nearby residents.
“I investigated the site, visited the residents and heard for myself the noise that they had been living and continued to live with. The scrap metal activities really did affect their quality of life over a long and sustained period.”