Former shop owner fined £1.3k for fly-tipping business waste, including raw meat
A woman from the Northamptonshire town of Wellingborough has been fined over £1,000 after council environmental officers connected her to a pile of fly-tipped business waste which had been dumped on farmland.
The fly-tipped waste had been reported to East Northamptonshire Council by a passerby in August 2015. The council officers attended the scene in Mill Road, Woodford, and discovered a significant amount of rubbish, which contained black refuse bags full of cooked meat and even raw meat.
The environmental officers also found cardboard and used plastic food bags dumped on the farmland.
The council began an investigation and were able to trace the pile of commercial waste back to former shop owner, Natalia Szweda, who appeared as an individual in Northampton Magistrates Court on 26 April 2016 and pleaded guilty to charges.
Ms Szweda’s business had been dissolved since the waste had been fly-tipped and therefore no prosecution could be brought against the business itself. Ms Szweda was fined £150 for the clear up, £390.67 for council officer costs, £700 for prosecution costs, and a £60 victim surcharge.
In addition to these fines, the defendant was given a six week curfew between 6pm and 6am and ordered to carry out 12-months community service work.
The waste services manager at East Northamptonshire Council, Charlotte Tompkins, said: “We have a zero tolerance policy on any matters of environmental crime and our waste team do all they can to prosecute those who fly-tip in our district.”
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A food manufacturer in Glasgow has been fined for flouting business packaging regulations
A food manufacturer based in Glasgow has been prosecuted by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) for failing in its responsibility to recover and recycle waste packaging.
Walter Black Foods of Drumhead Road, Cambuslang Investment Park, were investigated by SEPA in October 2013 when the agency saw that the food manufacturer had ended its member contract with its Producer Responsibility Obligations compliance scheme.
Under the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packing Waste) Regulation 2007, manufacturers of products that require packaging are required to register as a product producer with SEPA. The producer will then be given recycling obligations which it can choose to fulfil independently or it can join a compliance scheme.
All manufacturers and compliance schemes are required to record their packaging recovery and recycling rates and submit it on demand to SEPA. The Producer Responsibility Regulations are designed to reduce waste packaging being sent to landfill.
SEPA sent multiple warning letters to Walter Black Foods, informing the firm of its registration requirements, but the letters went ignored.
The case was sent to the Procurator Fiscal and Walter Black Foods was obliged to appear in court. The firm pleaded guilty to failing to register in accordance with Producer Responsibility Regulations; failing to supply a certificate of compliance; and therefore failing to recover and recycle its packaging.
The food company was handed a £8,600 fine and was required to pay £28,538 as part of a Confiscation Order under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
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Quarry business owners fined for breaching their environmental permit
The owners of a quarry in Worcestershire and their company, Broadly and Parton Limited, have been fined almost £50,000 following a “particularly complex prosecution” by the Environment Agency.
The owners of Cinetic Quarry, situated in Wildmoor, appeared before HHJ Pearce Higgins QC in magistrates’ court, accused of breaching the terms of their environmental permit. The two businessman and a member of their staff all pleaded guilty to the environmental offences.
The prosecution follows a two-year investigation by the Environment Agency, which repeatedly issued Cinetic Quarry with regulation notices, all of which went unanswered and ignored.
The Environment Agency said that the quarry owners had been carrying out illegal waste disposal activity at their site, which was in breach of their environmental permit and, from which, they had gained financially for a number of years. According to the agency’s investigations, the owners had allowed the burial of industrial and municipal waste at the quarry.
The owners argued that the Environment Agency had exaggerated the extent of the financial gains which the company had made by breaching the terms of the permit. Judge Pearce Higgins QC accepted this explanation.
The three defendants must pay fines totalling £18,750 and costs of £30,250. Two other men were also successfully prosecuted by the agency for illegally dumping waste at the quarry site.
A spokesperson for the Environment Agency said: “This site posed a risk to the environment and had the potential to harm human health because it did not have the correct infrastructure in place to support the waste being disposed of there.”
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