A Sunderland-based company has been ordered to pay £14,700 for breaking environmental laws.
Thompson Waste, which runs a waste transfer station at The Parade in Hendon, pleaded guilty to the illegal dumping of 585 tonnes of waste in a disused factory warehouse.
It cost the landlords of the site at Lisburn Terrace, Pallion, more than £100,000 to dispose the waste lawfully, according to the Environment Agency.
Rachael Caldwell from the Environment Agency’s Waste and Enforcement Department said: “All producers and operators have a responsibility to ensure that their waste is disposed of lawfully. Those that don’t are as liable for the detrimental impact it has on the environment and local communities as those that dump it.”