Illegal Tipper Hands Over £250,000 Proceeds Of Waste Crime

Piles of unsuitable soil at the site

A company found guilty of illegally tipping waste has been ordered pay back almost £250,000 proceeds of crime, as well as being fined £30,000 and ordered to pay a contribution to the prosecution costs of £20,000.

Rory J Holbrook Limited was found guilty of illegally tipping waste on land in Blofield, Norfolk. It said excess waste was treated and sold off site and the remainder formed the basis of a golf course.

Mr Mark Watson, representing the Environment Agency, said in essence the company was running a waste transfer station. An exemption had been registered for the site but it only allowed the use of suitable waste for small scale construction to avoid the use of virgin raw materials. The limit under the exemption was 5,000 tonnes of aggregates – company records showed that 94,000 tonnes had been taken to the site, he said.

Mr Watson said that when Environment Agency officers first visited the site they saw piles of various wastes which included soil, rubble, asphalt, and aggregate fines. There was evidence the company had taken waste from a groundworks company, a contractor for 2 developers who were building at nearby sites, 1 of which required remediation due to historic soil contamination.

The company also pleaded guilty at an earlier court hearing to operating a facility for the deposit and disposal of waste, without being authorised by an environmental permit; and treating controlled waste when there was not in force an environmental permit granted by the enforcing authority, which accounted for the £30,000 fine.


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