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More than £12,000 of fines have been issued after waste wood was stored and treated illegally in Essex. JSJ Wood Recycling Ltd and its two directors have been ordered to pay out […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

More than £12,000 of fines have been issued after waste wood was stored and treated illegally in Essex.

JSJ Wood Recycling Ltd and its two directors have been ordered to pay out after breaking exceptions and other rules from the Environment Agency.

Jenny Dodge and John Michael Parish appeared before Barkingside Magistrates Court last Friday and pleaded guilty to operating their wood recycling site unlawfully over a period of eight months.

The court heard how the business registered two wood waste exemptions, which allowed the storage of up to 600 tonnes at any one time.

The company exceeded the allowance by storing up to 1,750 tonnes of waste wood, accepted waste which it was not authorised to treat and processed it in ways which it was not permitted to do.

It was paid to receive the wood, which it then chipped and incinerated or exported.

Lead Officer in the case, Patrick Schneiders, said: “I visited the site on numerous occasions during 2014 but the defendants continued to ignore our advice on how to comply with their exemptions and run a site within the rules.

“Further visits to the site throughout 2014 revealed an increase in illegal activity with even more waste on site.”

The operator and the landowner of another illegal waste site in Essex have recently been ordered to pay a total of £66,493.