Heathrow coach firm pays £33k after river pollution

A Heathrow coach firm has been ordered to pay a total of £33,000 after polluting a river with sewage waste. Symphony Chauffeurs Ltd has been hit with £21,000 fines and £12,000 in costs after it emptied toilets on its luxury vehicles into public drains, which subsequently ended up in west London’s Crane River. This broke environmental […]

Budget 2017: Landfill tax for illegal dumping confirmed, £30m to tackle waste crime

The UK Government has confirmed legislation will be brought in to charge landfill tax on illegally deposited waste. Operators with illegal waste sites will be liable for the tax and those who continue to flout the rules will face “tough civil and criminal sanctions”. The announcement, which is part of Chancellor Philip Hammond’s Budget, follows […]

Waste firm to pay more than £30k after breaking law

A waste recycling firm and two of its directors have been ordered to pay more than £32,450 in fines and costs. Churngold Recycling, based in Bristol, illegally supplied thousands of tonnes of hazardous waste to a building site after claiming it had been treated. The firm, ran by John Barcham and Lee Phelan, removed hazardous waste […]

Waste criminals leave landowners with £750k bill

Landowners in the North-East of England have been left with a £750,000 clean-up bill after waste was illegally dumped on their properties. The Environment Agency (EA) says there were 11 separate incidents in the region over the year, with thousands of tonnes of baled rubbish being left at farms, industrial units and the side of […]

Government agencies team up to stop illegal waste carriers

The Environment Agency and Driver Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) have teamed up to tackle the transportation of illegal waste across England. They have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to use their combined enforcement powers to crack down on non-compliant vehicles. They aim to improve compliance and vehicle and driver safety standards and will share information […]

UK crackdown on illegal waste sites

  Rogue operators handling waste illegally will have to pay landfill tax. From 1st April 2018, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) will be able to prosecute these illegal operators where necessary. They could face large fines and risk a sentence of up to seven years in prison. HMRC estimates there are currently around 600 illegal […]

Dorset farmer prosecuted for waste crime

A Dorset farmer has pleaded guilty and been given a six-month suspended prison sentence for burning rubbish. David House, who had previously been convicted of assaulting an Environment Agency officer, is also banned from working in the waste industry for five years after the illegal activity at French’s Farm near Poole. Environment Agency officers visited […]

Waste crime ‘costs England £600m a year’

Damage caused by illegal waste operators costs the waste and recycling industry in England as well as taxpayers around £604 million a year. A new report commissioned by the Environmental Services Association Educational Trust (ESAET) and the Environmental Services Association reveals the growing cost of waste crime is now equivalent to building 34 secondary schools […]

Waste criminal jailed for six months

A woman has been sentenced to six months imprisonment after storing waste illegally. Hull Crown Court ruled Nessa Anne Thompson of Thompson Waste Recycling Ltd put the Scunthorpe community and environment at risk. She pled guilty to two offences and was disqualified from being a director for a period of seven years. A waste site at Winterton […]

How wood the defendant like to plead?

More than £12,000 of fines have been issued after waste wood was stored and treated illegally in Essex. JSJ Wood Recycling Ltd and its two directors have been ordered to pay out after breaking exceptions and other rules from the Environment Agency. Jenny Dodge and John Michael Parish appeared before Barkingside Magistrates Court last Friday and pleaded guilty to operating […]