‘Reckless’ waste operator fined for abusing exemptions

A waste operator has been prosecuted for illegally storing almost a hundred barrels of hazardous waste and failing to keep the required documentation.

Clifford Shee pleaded guilty on 30 October at Sunderland Magistrates Court to operating outside the requirements of three exempt waste activities. 

These included illegally storing mixed waste onsite containing general waste and food stuffs, storing hazardous waste inappropriately, and failing to keep accurate and correct details of waste transfer documentation between September 2017 and February 2018.

The government is currently reforming the exemption regime because of industry fears that the lack of monitoring and ease of registration makes exemptions a target for criminals.

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