Shrewsbury Magistrates Court has ordered Stephen Weaver to pay £16,800 for an offence relating to the storage, deposit and treatment of mixed waste, including plastic, at a site without an environmental permit.
On 28 January, the court fined the defendant £1,320, ordered him to pay £10,652 in compensation to the Environment Agency, £4,805.63 in costs, along with a £120 victim surcharge.
The charge was brought by the Environment Agency contrary to Regulations 12 (1) and 38 of the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010.
On 9 September 2014, an officer visited the site on Station Road, Woofferton, Ludlow and observed large mounds of mixed waste including plastic, construction and demolition waste.
Weaver was made aware that an environmental permit was required to continue collecting, storing or treating waste on this site. And was advised of the appropriate permits/exemptions that he required.
On 20 February 2015 officers visited the site again and noted newly deposited mixed waste and evidence of waste treatment activities.
Environment Agency officers made a further visit on 11 March 2015 where further evidence of the treatment of waste on site was found.
On 26 May 2015, Weaver had still not applied for the appropriate permit for the work which was being carried out on this site. Since the start of these court proceedings in October 2015, he has since applied for a waste permit for site.
Speaking after the case, an Environment Agency officer in charge of the investigation said:
“Mr Weaver was fully aware of his obligations to comply with the environmental permitting rules but chose to ignore them.
“We take waste crime extremely seriously and will not hesitate to prosecute in cases such as this. In passing the magistrates commentated that they felt Weaver had deliberately continued treating waste despite being advised that he required an environmental permit in order to do so lawfully.”
In mitigation, the court heard that the defendant made partial admissions during interview.