Scrap metal company fined £40,000 for ignoring warning

Wiltshire-based scrap metal company EJ Shanley and Son (Trowbridge) Ltd was fined £40,000 plus £1,813 in costs on 25 June for operating an illegal waste transfer station.

The company, based in Warminster near Trowbridge, pleaded guilty before Chippenham magistrates to two offences under section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 including depositing, keeping and treating waste on land without a waste management licence.

An Environment Agency officer visiting the site in March 2007 saw it was being used to store and treat mixed household, commercial and industrial waste. The firm was only authorised to store and recover the waste from end-of-life vehicles.

The Agency sent the company a warning letter requesting it to stop work so the site could be cleared of the unauthorised waste. But when officers returned in July, the unlawful waste was still on-site.

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