Fines for illegal uses of waste on golf courses and farmland

Waste illegally tipped while preparing a Surrey golf course led to fines and costs of over £19,000 in a recent case brought by the Environment Agency. Meanwhile, a Preston-based waste firm has been fined £8,000 for pollution caused by applying abattoir waste to farmland.

The introduction of the landfill tax in 1996 has led to concern that higher landfill charges are diverting waste to creative "uses" such as golf course construction (ENDS Report 276, pp 20-23 ). The use of inert waste "in the provision of recreational facilities" enjoys an exemption from the 1994 waste licensing r

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