£69,000 penalty for illegal waste activities

A Shropshire waste management operator has been ordered to pay £69,000 for illegal waste activities. Jarsan Ltd and Thomas Edward Jones, an officer of the company, pleaded guilty to operating […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

A Shropshire waste management operator has been ordered to pay £69,000 for illegal waste activities.

Jarsan Ltd and Thomas Edward Jones, an officer of the company, pleaded guilty to operating a regulated facility without an Environmental Permit in a rural part of Shropshire, the Environment Agency said.

The prosecution related to the deposit of between 21,000 and 31,000 tonnes of waste soil and rubble at Knockin Heath Business Park. The Court ordered Mr Jones rather than the company to pay the fine.

Jarsan Ltd had registered a series of waste management exemptions – which permit the limited recovery and recycling of a variety of waste types – with the Environment Agency in 2010. However when officers investigated waste soil and rubble deposited at the business park, “far more had been deposited than that permitted by the waste exemptions”.

An Environment Agency officer said: “We use permit exemptions to enable the reuse and recycling of waste materials but we ensure that measures are in place to protect the environment.

“Waste crime is a serious offence with tough penalties as it can damage the environment, blight local communities and undermine those who operate legally. This case demonstrates that we will not hesitate to prosecute when circumstances warrant it.”