Licensed waste firm caught dumping

A Kent-based waste company and its director have been made to pay almost £30,000 after illegally dumping waste on farmland.

Abbey Waste Management, of Strood, was seen dumping waste wood on a farm in Iwade, near Sittingbourne, in November 2007 outside the terms of its waste management licence.

Environment Agency officers had been carrying out surveillance of the farm following reports that companies had dumped waste there. Abbey’s truck was seen entering the site on two days.

Abbey pleaded guilty before Sittingbourne magistrates on 4 December to four charges under section 33(1) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. The charges included two of illegally depositing waste on land. It was fined a total of £13,000.

Stephen Buckland, the company’s director, pleaded guilty to four related charges under section 157 of the 1990 Act and was fined £3,000.

On top of the fines, the company and Mr Buckland were ordered to pay a total of £13,000 in costs.

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