Convictions for top waste firms

Two of Britain's leading waste disposal businesses, Shanks & McEwan (SME) and Leigh Environmental, have been prosecuted successfully for contravening their permit conditions.

The case against SME (Southern) was brought by the London Waste Regulation Authority (LWRA). After a two-day hearing at Acton Magistrates Court in mid-April, the company was convicted of seven offences under section 3 of the Control of Pollution Act 1974.

All the offences occurred on 13 September 1990 at SME's transfer station in Acton, west London. The firm's licence requires the use of a sprinkler system to suppress dust when waste is b

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