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Vehicle dismantler fined for waste offence

A vehicle dismantler has been ordered to pay £5,400 after pleading guilty to a waste offence.

On 22 April, Miroslav Stoyanov pleaded guilty at Hereford Magistrates Court to one count of operating an end-of-life (ELV) vehicle treatment facility without a permit.

The charge was brought by the Environment Agency (EA) contrary to Regulation 12 (1) and 38 of the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010.

Stoyanov was fined £270 and ordered to pay £3,210 in compensation, £1,900 in costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

EA officers first attended the site at Rotherwas, Hereford, in May 2015 and noted that it held a number of car shells, piles of segregated vehicle parts, car bonnets and racking containing other car parts.

Five days later, Stoyanov was served with a notice to produce all transfer notes for his vehicle breaking activities from April the previous year, which he failed to do.

In July 2015, EA officers found Stoyanov was connected with selling vehicle parts on a number of websites under the name of Auto Parts 2000 and had profited “considerably” from this.

When interviewed by EA officers, Stoyanov admitted to conducting vehicle breaking activities and selling car parts from the ELVs in the UK and Bulgaria.

He also admitted to incorrectly disposing of hazardous waste from the vehicles and transporting waste without a waste carriers’ licence.

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