The most non-compliant sites in 2018

The Environment Agency (EA) recorded 14,109 permit breaches last year – 544 of them in just ten sites in England, according to data published last week.

1 Healthcare Environmental Services, Newcastle upon Tyne: 97 breaches

Top of the list of most non-compliant sites for 2018 is Healthcare Environmental Services’ clinical waste treatment facility in Newcastle upon Tyne. Its failures to abide by environmental permit conditions ran the gamut of emissions, amenity, management, infrastructure, record-keeping and permitted activities.

The firm was at the centre of a national scandal last year, when it was found to have stockpiled waste reputedly containing human body parts. A series of NHS trusts subsequently cancelled their contracts, leaving the firm to go bust. A waste management crisis followed.

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