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ENDS’ Fines Monitor: The 5 biggest waste fines

The Environment Agency is currently playing whack-a-mole with waste criminals, discovering as many new sites as it discovers, but when it makes a successful conviction the consequences can be dramatic. Here are five of the biggest waste crime fines recorded in the ENDS Fines Monitor database.

1 Terence Dugbo, £1.3m

 Already in jail on charges of conspiracy to defraud the system that rewards recyclers of waste electrical and electronic equipment, Dugbo was ordered to pay £1.3m back from the estimated £2.2m he made from his criminal enterprise. He will will serve a record 16 years in jail, after he refused to pay the confiscation order. MORE

2 Powerday, £1.25m 

The London waste company was ordered to pay more than £1.2m after pleading guilty to historical waste offences that stretched back to 2009. Powerday was sentenced for offences at two separate sites, which saw more than 17,000 tonnes of waste deposited and stored illegally. MORE

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3 Amrik Johal, £880,000

Johal was ordered to repay £881,513 under the Proceeds of Crime Act (2002) for running an illegal waste site. He pleaded guilty to five charges of illegally keeping waste, contrary to section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. MORE 

4 Biffa, £600,000

Waste giant Biffa was fined £350,000 and ordered to pay £240,000 in costs after being found guilty of illegally exporting seven containers containing household waste to China in 2015. During sentencing at Wood Green Crown Court, Justice Lord Auerbach said Biffa’s actions were “at the least, at the high end of negligence and shaded into recklessness”. Biffa is appealing the decision. MORE

5 Winters Haulage, £510,000

The haulage company was fined a total of £510,000 and its company director ordered to do unpaid work after admitting to illegally storing baled waste. According to the presiding judge, Winters Haulage's actions were deliberate and the company had no systems in place to prevent the offences. MORE

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