Wilco’s Waste Management Ltd have been fined a second time after breaching its environmental permit.
Charges were also brought against the company director, Adam Wilcott, as well as Wilco’s Waste Management Ltd, which operates a waste transfer station in Torpoint, Cornwall.
In February 2015 the company pleaded guilty to 5 offences of permit breaches committed between January and May of 2014 and one offence of failing to comply with an enforcement notice in June 2014. They were subsequently sentenced on 9 April 2015.
“The company was aware it was offending. It had been given advice and assistance on numerous occasions, was previously prosecuted, and yet carried on in a similar way”
During site inspections, the Environment Agency found the quantity of combustible material on site posed both a pollution and fire risk. Not all of the surface run-off from the site was intercepted by the sealed drainage system and polluting liquids were able to leak into the ground and surface water. It was ordered that the company cease the importing of all waste into the site with immediate effect but it ignored the notice and continued to bring waste onto the site.
It was revealed that 80 tonnes of unauthorised hazardous waste was received over a 3 year period to a site that should not have been accepting this type of waste.
Company director Adam Wilcott said he had total control of the site and admitted the breaches. He said he carried on allowing skips on the site for commercial reasons saying he would have gone bankrupt if he had stopped accepting the waste.
Sophie Unsworth for the Environment Agency said: “The company was aware it was offending. It had been given advice and assistance on numerous occasions, was previously prosecuted, and yet carried on in a similar way. In that respect the offending was deliberate and at the very least reckless. The defendant’s operations undermined legitimate business and posed a threat to the environment.”
The magistrates fined the company £12,000 for 6 offences, and ordered it to pay £4,721 in costs. In addition, company director Adam Wilcott was fined £1,920 and ordered to pay a £32 victim surcharge.