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Somerset man fined for running illegal waste site

A Somerset man has been fined for running an illegal waste transfer station.

Ashley Pryer of South Street, Crewkerne, was fined £2,500 and ordered to pay £1,917 costs for storing and sorting waste materials at his site in a Dorset village without a permit.

Trading as Alfie’s Skips from an industrial estate in Drimpton, Pryer was a registered waste carrier permitted to transport various wastes to licensed sites for sorting and disposal.

However, he was not allowed to store and sort waste materials at the site as he did not have the necessary planning permission and permit.

Pryer pleaded guilty to two offences of operating an illegal waste operation at Axe Mill Industrial Estate in breach of the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010.

An Environment Agency spokeswoman said: ‘Waste transfer stations receive many kinds of waste so it is important operators hold the necessary environmental permits and permissions to safeguard human health and the environment.

“Owners of illegal sites also undercut legitimate waste operators.”

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