Waste Company Director Given 12-Month Suspended Sentence

Dixon-LincolnShaun Dixon, sole director of SOS Skip Hire and Haulage, has been sentenced to 12 months in prison, suspended for two years, and ordered to do 200 hours unpaid work in the community, after the court heard he allowed nearly 20,000 tonnes of waste to be brought to the site when the limit was only 1,100 tonnes.
Thousands of tonnes of waste were deposited at Dixon’s Lincoln site in breach of an environmental permit and planning conditions. Despite having its permit revoked by the Environment Agency and two enforcement notices and two breach of condition notices served by Lincolnshire County Council, SOS Skip Hire and Haulage took in even more waste at its site in Dale Street. The waste was reported to be up to eight metres high in places.

Dixon was also disqualified from being a company director for five years and issued a regulation 44 order requiring him to produce a plan for how he is going to clear the site.

Mrs Anne-Lise McDonald, in a joint prosecution for the Environment Agency and Lincolnshire County Council as waste planning authority, said the company had a permit to run a waste transfer station issued in March 2012. Between then and 2014 investigating officers made many visits to the site where they found between 13 and 17 times as much waste as permitted with wastes also exceeding the permitted height limit. She said: “Dixon knew the limits and failed to reduce the amount kept at the site. He even allowed more waste to be accepted, compounding the problem.” The company has since gone into liquidation.

The largest pile and the one which caused the officers the most concern was a very large pile of mixed waste akin to landfill waste but without the precautions that a legitimate landfill site would have in place.The waste was decomposing causing black stagnant liquid to leach out of the waste, bad odours, litter and an increase in flies. The excessive height of the wastes were also harmful to visual amenity, the Environment Agency reported.

The sentence and community work were for each of two Environment Agency charges. There was no separate penalty for the Lincolnshire County Council offences.



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