Waste firm fined £13,500 for ‘offensive’ odours

A Dorset-based waste company has been fined £13,500 for causing “offensive” smells around its processing site. The Environment Agency said Eco Sustainable Solutions, which composts food and green waste at […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

A Dorset-based waste company has been fined £13,500 for causing “offensive” smells around its processing site.

The Environment Agency said Eco Sustainable Solutions, which composts food and green waste at its site in Chapel Lane in Christchurch, breached its environmental permit.

The company pleaded guilty at Bournemouth Magistrates’ Court to five offences of causing significant odour between February and April 2013. Environment Agency officials took the company to court after serving the firm with four enforcement notices.

Stephanie Marriott for the Environment Agency said: “The good news is the operator has now complied with three of the notices and is on course to comply with the fourth very soon. Since December 2013 they have worked closely with us and made significant on-site improvements. They have stopped their in-vessel composting activities.”

The company, located close to houses, local business parks and Bournemouth Airport, is able to process 180,000 tonnes of waste a year.