A waste management company in Cornwall has been ordered to pay £14,000 for breaching its environmental permit.
Wilco’s Waste Management Director, Adam Wilcott, has also been fined more than £1,900.
The firm operates a transfer station in Tornpoint which accepts mixtures of waste, usually in skips, where the recyclables are separated from other waste.
In February last year the company pleaded guilty to five offences of permit breaches committed between January and May of 2014 and one offence of failing to comply with an enforcement notice in June the same year.
During site inspections the Environment Agency found the quantity of combustible material on site posed both a pollution and fire risk. Not all of the surface run-off from the site was intercepted by the sealed drainage system and polluting liquids were able to leak into the ground and surface water.
The company was ordered to cease the imports of all waste into the site with immediate effect but it ignored the notice and continued to bring waste onto the site, the agency added.
It found the site received 80 tonnes of unauthorised hazardous waste that should not have been accepting this type of waste during a three-year period.
Sophie Unsworth for the Environment Agency said: “The company was aware it was offending. It had been given advice and assistance on numerous occasions, was previously prosecuted and yet carried on in a similar way. In that respect the offending was deliberate and at the very least reckless. The defendant’s operations undermined legitimate business and posed a threat to the environment.”