Illegal waste site firm fined £3,500
A COMPANY has been fined £3,500 and ordered to pay £2,500 in court costs for running an illegal waste disposal site and failing to issue waste transfer notes.
Ipswich Magistrates’ Court heard on Tuesday that Stowbox Ltd, based at the Woodfarm Business Centre, in Crowfield, had been storing, treating and disposing of waste without an environmental permit between April 5, 2010, and October 1, 2011.
Prosecuting for the Environmental Agency (EA), Miriam Tordoff said the company had also failed to provide transfer notes, a written description of the waste, as required by law.
She said: “Stowbox was carrying out waste operations at its site on Woodfarm Business Centre which included the depositing of waste, the treatment of waste and the storing and disposing of waste without being authorised.
“Anybody who wishes to carry out a waste operation has to do it under an envirnonment permit which is granted by the Environment Agency.”
The court heard how the company stored waste on behalf of Suffolk Housing Association from houses that had been abandoned.
The waste would be stored for six months and picked up by another company.
But when EA officers visited the site they found a variety of rubbish from house clearances including fridges, freezers, vehicle batteries, scrap metal, mattresses, fabric, wood and electrical items.
In mitigation, Jonathan Turner said that due to the investigation, the company’s contract had ended with Suffolk Housing Association and that the company was in serious financial trouble.
He said: “This business has no money, it is not far from going under and that is sad personally for the director of the company.”
He added the reason the EA were continuing the prosecution was to recoup the money it had already spent on the investigation.
After the hearing, EA officer Tom Pickover, said: “Unregulated waste activities impact on the amenity of an area and can cause harm to human health and pollute the environment.”
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