Hills Waste racks up another leachate fine

Wiltshire-based Hills Waste Solutions has been fined £20,000 after allowing landfill leachate to pollute a stream. It is the company’s second major fine within six months.

The company pleaded guilty before Swindon magistrates on 5 December to keeping controlled waste in a manner likely to cause pollution, contrary to section 33(1) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. It was also made to pay £16,300 costs.

The incident occurred at Hills’ Chapel Farm landfill at Blunsdon, on the outskirts of Swindon. In July 2006, a member of the public phoned the Environment Agency about pollution in a tributary o

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