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Suffolk company fined for running illegal waste site

"Unregulated waste activities impact on the amenity of an area and can cause harm to human health and pollute the environment"

A Suffolk property services company has today (Tuesday 28-Aug-2012) been fined £3500 and asked to pay £2500 costs for running an illegal waste site and failing to provide waste transfer notes.

Ipswich Magistrates' Court heard today that Stowbox Ltd had been depositing, treating, storing and disposing of waste at its premises at Woodfarm Business Centre, Crowfield, Ipswich, without being authorised by an environmental permit. The court heard that it had also failed to provide its customers with waste transfer notes, which provide a written description of the waste, as required.

Stowbox Ltd answered and pleaded guilty to charges that:


1. Between 5 April 2010 and 1 October 2011 at Woodfarm Business Centre, Stonham Road, Crowfield, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP6 9TH you did operate a regulated facility, namely a waste operation for the deposit, treatment, storage and disposal by burning of waste, without being authorised by an environmental permit granted under Regulation 13 of the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010

Contrary to Regulation 12(1)(a) and 38(1)(a) Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010

2. Between 30 March 2011 and 14 October 2011 you, being a person who carries, keeps, treats and disposes of controlled waste, failed to comply with the duty of care imposed by Section 34(1) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to take all such measures applicable to you in that capacity as were reasonable in the circumstances, in that you failed to secure that transfer notes were completed and signed on your behalf in accordance with of Section 34(1)(c)(ii) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and with Regulation 35 of the Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011.

Contrary to section 34(1)(c)(ii), (5) and (6) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990

Miriam Tordoff, prosecuting for the Environment Agency, said that:
significant amounts of waste had been deposited, treated and stored and some waste had been burned on site.

She also said that:

bringing waste on site was commonplace and when Environment Agency officers attended they found a variety of rubbish from house clearances including fridges, freezers, vehicle batteries, scrap metal, mattresses, fabric, wood and electrical items.

Mrs Tordoff explained that Stowbox had an agreement to clear housing association properties but the housing association had not received any transfer notes from Stowbox for the transfer of waste from their properties. She said that the housing association understood that some of the waste was bulked up at the Woodfarm premises and taken to legitimate waste sites for recycling or disposal.

After the hearing, Environment Agency officer Tom Pickover, said:

"Large amounts of waste were handled at the site without a permit. Unregulated waste activities impact on the amenity of an area and can cause harm to human health and pollute the environment."