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£31,000 bill and a court order for illegal waste activities

"This prosecution demonstrates that we take waste crime very seriously and will not hesitate to prosecute if necessary, to protect the environment and

On Tuesday 7 May at Doncaster Magistrates Court, three companies pleaded guilty to charges relating to the illegal depositing of construction and demolition waste, for the purpose of building a haul road at Hurst Plantation near Doncaster.

Piles of illegal wasteWykeham Estates (Northern) Limited were fine of £3,000 and ordered to pay £5,500 costs and a £15 victim surcharge. In addition to the fine, the Judge gave an order under Regulation 44 of the Environmental Permitting Regulations, for Wykeham Estates to remove the waste to a lawful disposal facility within eight months.

Bolland Skip Services Limited were fined £6,000 and Westmoreland Waste Recycling Limited fined £5,250; both companies were also ordered to pay £5,500 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

The charges were brought by the Environment Agency under Regulations 12(1) and 38(1)(a) of the Environmental Permitting (England & Wales) Regulations 2010 for Wykehan Estates (Northern) Limited; and Section 33(1)(a) and (6) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 for Bolland Skip Services and Westmoreland Waste Recycling.

Environment Agency investigations at the Hurst Plantation site, located on Hurst Lane, Auckley, Doncaster, DN9 3NW began in May 2011. Members from the Environment Agency's Environmental Crime Team visited Hurst Plantation and discovered that that around 1,350 tonnes of waste had been unlawfully disposed of at this site. They also found a dirt track had been turned into a road lying three to four feet above ground level, which appeared to be made up of soil, plastic containers, tarmac and waste metal as well as house bricks, breeze blocks and general demolition waste, later found to contain asbestos.

Further visits and investigations relating to the to the site, recorded illegal waste activities ongoing between July and November 2011 involving Wykeham Estates, Bolland Skip Services and Westmoreland Waste Recycling Limited.

During sentencing, District Judge Bennett commented how Parliament has made the Environmental Permitting Regulations to protect the environment and the £50,000 statutory maximum fine in the Magistrates' Courts demonstrates how seriously environmental crime is to be treated. He also stated that this was a reckless breach of the law by Wykeham Estates with the potential to cause environmental harm and that as both Bolland and Westmoreland have been in the waste industry for a long time and should have been aware of the legal requirements.

Speaking after the case, an Environment Agency officer in charge of the investigation said:
"Illegal waste sites and in this case, where asbestos and other harmful contaminants were found in the waste, has the potential to cause serious pollution incidents or harm human health. This prosecution demonstrates that we take waste crime very seriously and will not hesitate to prosecute if necessary, to protect the environment and local communities."
List of charges
  • 1. Between 7 June 2010 and 10 June 2011 at Hurst Plantation, Hurst Lane, Auckley, Doncaster, DN9 3NW, Wykeham Estates (Northern) Limited (Company No. 03911395) operated an illegal waste operation, namely the disposal of construction and demolition waste, with no environmental permit in force contrary to Regulations 12(1) and 38(1)(a) of the Environmental Permitting (England & Wales) Regulations 2010.


  • 2. Between 7 June 2010 and 25 November 2010, Bolland Skip Services Limited (Company No. 05407198) did deposit controlled waste, namely construction and demolition waste, in or on land at Hurst Plantation, Hurst Lane, Auckley, Doncaster, DN9 3NW that did not have an environmental permit authorising such a deposit in force contrary to Section 33(1)(a) and (6) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.


  • 3. On or before 17 May 2011, Westmoreland Waste Recycling Limited (Company No. 03999929) did deposit controlled waste, namely construction and demolition waste, in or on land at Hurst Plantation, Hurst Lane, Auckley, Doncaster, DN9 3NW that did not have an environmental permit authorising such a deposit in force contrary to Section 33(1)(a) and (6) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.