Electronics firm gets small fine for fly-tipping hazardous waste

A Warwickshire electronics business which twice dumped drums of hazardous waste in a lay-by was fined £2,000 by Stratford-on-Avon magistrates on 10 September. The case highlights the low level of fines which some courts are still imposing for serious breaches of environmental legislation.

The prosecution was brought by Warwickshire County Council following painstaking detective work to trace the source of 49 25-litre drums which were fly-tipped next to a lay-by near Alcester in August and October 1989. The principal constituents of the drums were the cleaning solvents 1,1,1-trichloroethane and CFC-113. The latter is a potent ozone-depleting compound.

The council traced the drums to Apco International, a subsidiary of the K

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