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Operator who refused to seek permit told to pay £16,000

A site operator who applied for an environmental permit only when he was being taken to court has been fined £1,320 and ordered to pay more than £15,000 in costs and compensation.

Stephen Weaver was sentenced by Shrewsbury magistrates for an offence relating to the storage, deposit and treatment of mixed waste at Woofferton in Shropshire without an environmental permit.

In September 2014 an officer from the Environment Agency (EA) visited the site on Station Road and saw large mounds of mixed waste including plastic, construction and demolition waste.

Weaver was told an environmental permit was required to continue collecting, storing or treating waste on this site.

In February 2015 officers re-visited the site and noted newly deposited mixed waste and evidence of treatment activities. The EA made another visit in March where further evidence of the treatment of waste on site was found.

Since the start of the court proceedings in October 2015, Weaver has applied for a waste permit for the site.

After the hearing, an EA officer said: “The magistrates felt Weaver had deliberately continued treating waste despite being advised that he required an environmental permit in order to do so lawfully.”

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