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Waste firms fined for using illegal Middleton Quarry landfill

Five companies and three men have been fined a combined total of more than £10,000 for disposing of controlled waste in a Yorkshire quarry, whose owner was jailed in May for not having legal permission to use the site for the purpose.

The defendants were said to be experienced operators who had relied on the word of others without verifying the appropriate documentation.

The owner of Middleton Quarry near Doncaster, Philip Slingsby, was jailed for 12 months and ordered to pay £20,000 of fines last month after illegally tipping on “an industrial scale” at the site. Despite not having the correct permit, the quarry was advertised and marketed as a legitimate landfill site.

During his court case in a prosecution brought by the Environment Agency (EA), paperwork was discovered that identified waste operators who had used the site. Some of these were also found to have failed to complete mandatory paperwork in relation to the waste they were transferring.

The five companies were Sweeting of Leeds, Moorhead Excavations, Samco Yorks, Jatko Transport and Fastsource.

Sweeting of Leeds was found to have dumped 1,495 loads of waste, equating to 29,900 tonnes and was fined £3,000 and ordered to pay £2,267.02 in legal costs. Moorhead Excavations was fined £2,500 and £1,617 costs after dumping 304 loads, equating to 6,080 tonnes of waste.

Samco Yorks deposited 1,580 tonnes of waste in 79 loads. It also carried 91 loads of waste, equating to 1,820 tonnes, on behalf of Sweeting. Samco admitted two charges and was fined £1,000 plus £1,424 costs.

Jatko Transport deposited 800 tonnes of waste in 40 loads while Fastsource deposited 240 tonnes, although the latter company stopped using the quarry after not receiving the proof of legality after 10 days. They were fined £2,500 plus £1,232 costs and £500 with £1,431 costs respectively.

The individuals were Paul Ward, Steven Bristow and Michael Jagger who admitted the charges each faced. Ward was fined £150 plus £150 costs, and both Bristow and Jagger were fined £600 with £1,500 costs.

Jo Holt, environmental crime team leader at the EA, said: “This case should remind companies and individuals who deal in waste that they have a legal obligation to ensure that their waste is being handled and deposited in line with environmental laws.

“The quarry’s operator clearly played a part in deceiving each defendant, but they were experienced operators and it was not acceptable for them to rely on the word of others without verifying the appropriate documentation.”

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