A company in South Devon has been ordered to pay a £15,760 fine for illegal waste offences.
Armabridge stored waste including hazardous asbestos roof tiles at an unlicensed site.
It operates two different business from separate sites, a top soil supply business and a waste transfer station.
The Environment Agency found suspicious piles of waste at the top soil supply site. It estimated that around 2,600 tonnes of hazardous waste were stored.
The managing director of the firm admitted tipping some of them but denied the company was responsible for all the illegal waste.
In 2014, the company’s waste transfer station was considered to be a risk of waste run-off entering surface water drainage systems and contaminating the surrounding environment.
Armabridge was asked to fix these problems but when Environment Agency officers carried out an inspection no action had been taken.
Jacob Hess for the Environment Agency said: “In our opinion this defendant found a cheap way to dispose of waste but in saving money the company failed to take the necessary steps to protect the environment. Although the asbestos was mainly in a bonded form, any movement or treatment of this waste without proper controls in place may have lead to the release and spread of asbestos fibres putting the environment at further risk.
“Inadequate infrastructure and storage of waste at the waste transfer site meant that site operations posed an immediate risk to the local environment.”