The director of an environmental services company has been sentenced to a two-year conditional discharge, for illegally handling up to 400,000 tyres, between October 2006 and March 2008.
Edward O’Neil, director of Mansfield-based Robin Hood Environmental Ltd, appeared at Nottingham crown court on 27 August. He pleaded guilty to depositing, keeping and treating waste tyres at a site in Warsop, near Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, in contravention of section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. Costs were £1,500.
The court heard that between January 2007 and August 2008, Mr O’Neil was informed on several occasions that the site required a waste management licence. However, no attempt to acquire one was ever made and no steps were taken to remove the tyres.
Mr O’Neil allegedly benefited to the tune of £325,000 from his illegal activities, but Robin Hood Environmental is now in liquidation.
Speaking after the case, David Brown for the Environment Agency said: “Where companies choose to ignore [the] rules we will take action through the courts. Had this company still been in existence, the penalties would have been far greater”.