Hauliers ordered to pay 100k after tipping waste at farm

Hauliers ordered to pay 100k after tipping waste at farm
23rd Aug 2011

 

A GROUP of hauliers and the director of a skip hire company have been ordered to pay almost £100,000 in fines and costs for illegally tipping thousands of tonnes of waste at a farm near Helston in Cornwall reports the farmers guardian.

Truro Crown Court heard the offenders had dumped around 9,000 tonnes of construction and demolition waste at Trenoweth Farm, Gweek.

In addition to fines and costs, they were ordered to pay back profits they had made from their criminal activities under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
 
Michael Leah, received a 12 month prison sentence suspended for two years and was ordered to pay £50,000 under Proceeds of Crime plus £4,000 costs.
 
At the time of the offences, Leah was director of a haulage and skip hire company and operated a licensed Waste Transfer Station at Ludgvan near Penzance. Waste was taken to the transfer station for sorting before being sent off for recycling, reuse or disposal.
 
An investigation by the Environment Agency revealed that during 2007 and 2008 Leah had illegally dumped waste, including asbestos, at three separate sites including two farms and a residential property at St Ives.
 
The sites included Boswens Farm, Newbridge, St Just where a landowner asked Leah to provide hardcore to improve an old farm track. Work was stopped after Agency officers became concerned at the type of waste being imported to the site. Samples taken from the track included ‘significant amounts’ of asbestos and other unsuitable waste material.
 
Leah said he had only deposited three lorry loads of subsoil at Trenoweth Farm, but was unable to verify this by supplying the relevant waste transfer notes.
 
The court heard his company, Leah Ltd, has gone into liquidation. His site manager, Mark Outram from Penzance was ordered to carry out 250 hours unpaid community work and pay £3,000 costs.
 
Five companies; Broad and Sons, Manaccan, Truro; Maen Karne Aggregates, Truro; St Pirrans Trucks, Camborne; Harts Haulage Ltd, Redruth and Michael Mudge Ltd, Praze, Camborne were also involved in offences at the farm and had earlier pleaded guilty to illegally depositing and disposing of controlled waste. They were all ordered to pay £2,000 costs.
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