Cornish waste operator to pay £80k for illegal asbestos

A Cornish waste operator has to pay almost £80,000 after illegally storing and treating asbestos. Leslie Allen ran a waste site in Perranuthnoe, near Penzance, where a variety of waste […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

A Cornish waste operator has to pay almost £80,000 after illegally storing and treating asbestos.

Leslie Allen ran a waste site in Perranuthnoe, near Penzance, where a variety of waste from various commercial and domestic sources was processed without the necessary environmental permits in place.

He was fined £40,000 for two offences and has to pay £14,200 in costs and £25,772 under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

He was warned he would face a nine-month prison sentence if he doesn’t provide the money.

The site manager, Richard Shore, was fined £4,000 for the same offences and ordered to pay £2,000 in costs.

Truro Crown Court ruled Mr Allen benefitted financially by operating without a permit and said he had received warnings from the Environment Agency about not having one.

He had assured officers he would apply for a permit but never did.

The transfer of waste to and from the site was often not recorded and when it was, records were either inadequate or misleading.

Sophie Unsworth of the Environment Agency said: “Waste sites must operate within the law and always put human health and the environment above financial gain. This is especially important for sites receiving hazardous waste such as asbestos.

“Despite being given repeated advice and guidance by the Environment Agency, the owner chose to continue to operate illegally, receiving, handling and storing waste, without a permit.”

A waste operator in Scunthorpe has recently been sentenced to six months imprisonment after storing waste illegally.