Waste site owners ordered to clear within 18 months

Two former owners of a waste transfer site in Cornwall have been ordered to clear it within 18 months. That’s because they breached a series of permits at the site in St […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

Two former owners of a waste transfer site in Cornwall have been ordered to clear it within 18 months.

That’s because they breached a series of permits at the site in St Dennis.

David and Donna Shrigley, who were the directors of DRS Demolition National before it went into liquidation, have also been ordered to pay more than £10,200.

According to the Environment Agency, the quantity of waste at the site presented a “considerable fire and pollution risk”.

It was also found that between April 2014 and May 2015, they breached an environmental permit by depolluting vehicles and illegally storing and handling waste including plasterboard, wood, green waste and trommel fines.

The owners also admitted failing to comply with an enforcement notice which required the reduction of waste by 500 tonnes and knowingly carrying on a waste operation without an environmental permit.

The company agreed to submit to a voluntary improvement plan but failed to comply.

A spokesman for the Environment Agency said: “The company had been continuing to accept waste onto the site which generated income but failed to process and transfer it off site which reduced expenditure, undermined legitimate business and posed a risk to the environment. The company went into liquidation and the site remains uncleared.”