UK firm fined £17k for illegal waste activity

A company in Medway has been ordered to pay £17,120 for illegal waste activity. Walsh Skip Hire’s owner has also been fined £1,500 as well as costs of £500 and […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

A company in Medway has been ordered to pay £17,120 for illegal waste activity.

Walsh Skip Hire’s owner has also been fined £1,500 as well as costs of £500 and a victim surcharge of £120.

The decision comes after the Environment Agency found “significant” volumes of waste on and surrounding the permitted site.

It said the company exceeded the limit of 20 tonnes of non-hazardous waste and 150 tonnes of inert waste.

The Environment Agency added it worked with the site’s owner to improve its situation but “on this occasion he was unable to do so”.

Environment Manager Alan Cansdale said: “The limits within Walsh’s environmental permit reflect the limited space and infrastructure at the site, which is crucial as the mismanagement of waste can have a detrimental impact on the local environment.

“Those that repeatedly fail to comply with regulations pose a heightened risk to the environment and undermine legitimate business. In such circumstances we will have no hesitation prosecuting to ensure that waste crime doesn’t pay.”