Skip firm fined for waste site breaches

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A SKIP hire company has been hit for more than £3,000 after it operated an illegal waste site.

Burwell Skip Hire Ltd was twice told to stop its waste transfer business - first in Barton Mills and then in Red Lodge last year.

At a hearing at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court last Thursday, the company was given a £1,750 fine and ordered to pay Environment Agency costs of £2,309 after pleading guilty to not having appropriate permits at its Red Lodge site.

Speaking after the hearing, Euan Simpson, Environment Agency officer, said: “The company had been previously warned and provided with all the information needed to apply for an Environmental Permit.

“We have since provided further guidance and met the company to ensure that the business is operated legally in the future.”

Agency officers visited the site off Green Lane, Red Lodge, in December last year and told them it had to be cleared by the end of the month.

Staff were also told that a permit was required to run a waste transfer station at the site.

When officers returned to the site they found that although some waste had been cleared, there were signs of new waste and evidence of waste having been burned, according to Claire Bentley, prosecuting.

Nick Wall, manager of Burwell Skip Hire, told investigating officers that the company was aware it needed a permit - but had been told the site already had one. He admitted they had started to ‘run before we could walk’.

Mr Wall said clearing the site had taken longer than they anticipated due to a truck breaking down. The company is now collecting skips and taking them directly to authorised disposal sites, he said.

The company pleaded guilty to charges of operating a waste facility between December 15 last year and February 5 this year.