Special waste convictions

Three companies in northern England have been convicted of offences involving "special waste". One of the cases shows that firms infringing the special waste rules are now at risk of being charged with offences under the "duty of care" provisions of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 as well.

On 8 December, Bradford magistrates heard how a vehicle owned by F T Morrell & Co, a London-based waste carrier with a depot in Stockport, was stopped on the M62 in a random vehicle check carried out by the Greater Manchester Waste Regulation Authority (GMWRA) in conjunction with local police and the Health and Safety Executive. The GMWRA has been carrying out a series of such exercises in an attempt to enforce last year's regulations requ

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