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Breach of environmental permit costs Sheffield recycling firm £9,000

20th August 2013

The company director and his son had each been found guilty of three charges in relation to waste crime offences – handling volumes of waste in excess of that which their permit allowed – and failure to comply with an enforcement notice.

Edd Betts, an environment officer at the Environment Agency (EA) said, “Waste transfer sites such as this one require an environmental permit which have limitations in place that are essential to protect the environment and prevent any harm to human health.”

He said the EA wishes to work in conjunction with waste handling firms to allow safe operations, but that, in this case, its advice had been ignored and enforcement notices had not been complied with.

He added that he hoped the result of the litigation would send a clear message to other firms that permits adhered to and that the EA would act, wherever necessary, to protect local communities.

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