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Mountain of Waste Leads to Steep UK Environment Agency Fine

A waste management company and its consultant who deliberately ignored the conditions of their waste management licence, leading to significant financial gains, have been fined in excess of UK Pounds 70,000.

Cecil Wiggins, of Hithermoor Road, Stanwell Moor, Middlesex, and Wiggins Transport Limited, of Horton Road, Stanwell Moor, Staines, hold the waste management license for Poyle Manor Farm, Poyle, near Slough.

The company pleaded guilty to nine charges of treating and disposing of waste outside of the waste management area and failing to comply with the conditions of its waste management licence at Guildford Crown Court yesterday (Thursday 21 December 2006). It was fined a total of UK Pounds 63,000.

Mr Wiggins pleaded guilty to three charges of keeping, treating and disposing of controlled waste on land at Poyle Manor Farm, Poyle. He was fined UK Pounds 10,000.

Wiggins Transport Limited and Mr Wiggins were ordered to pay UK Pounds 9,110 in Environment Agency costs (Wiggins Transport Limited: UK Pounds 6,110, Mr Wiggins: UK Pounds 3,000).

The waste management licence for Poyle Manor Farm was issued to Mr Wiggins and Wiggins Transport Limited in 1993. The licence authorised the storage and treatment of stone, concrete and brick waste at the site in a designated area, which was suitable for the activity. Conditions of the licence stated that no more than 35,000 cubic metres of waste could be stored at any time – and that the waste could not be piled higher than four metres.

Through a series of routine inspections in 2002 and early 2003, Environment Agency officers found that there was 95,000 cubic metres of waste on the site, piled up to 14 metres high – over three times the permitted height and quantity. 155,000 cubic metres of waste was also being stored and treated outside the licensed area, on land lacking the necessary infrastructure to prevent environmental damage.

The waste quantities on the whole site were so large that a global positioning satellite survey was required to calculate its volume.

On several occasions Wiggins Transport Limited was also found to be illegally burning waste as a method of disposal. More …

Waster’s Comment: The reference to the need for the apparently essential technology of a global positioning satelite is surprising to me. It does make the humble Waster wonder how we managed to map the world before the advent of this obviously indispensible invention. Would any surveyor amongst us like to comment! If so just visit this posting to do it.

Ah! Perhaps the burning of waste is a clue?

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