A company director has been ordered to carry out 250 hours of community service and pay £25,000 costs to the Environment Agency after breaching permit regulations by accumulating nearly 80,000 tonnes of tyre waste.
Anthony Mayes, director of Cheshire-based Systems Integrated Tyre Recycling, pleaded guilty to four charges of breaching waste permit regulations at a hearing at Chester Crown Court.
The court heard how Mayes had set up a tyre shredding machine at his business’ premises in Aston Way, Middlewich after acquiring a permit to store up to 50,000 tonnes of tyre waste.
However, the machine failed to work properly, while the amount of tyres at the site continued to grow. Consequently, Mayes sought alternative sites for storage.
The fire brigade discovered Mayes’ un-permitted sites, raising concerns they posed a serious fire risk. Investigations led by the Environment Agency uncovered he had overseen three un-permitted sites carrying a total of 80,000 tonnes of tyre waste.
In summing up, the judge hearing the case recognised that Mayes had disposed of the waste and the risk of fire at his sites had gone. He went on to reprimand Mayes for not co-operating with the Environment Agency in the first instance, while letting the tyre waste accumulate and failing to declare the other sites he used for storage.