Fires and water pollution cost wood recyclers £230,000

A major wood recycling firm has been fined £200,000 with £30,000 costs for a series of incidents six years ago.

The first fire at R Plevin & Sons Ltd came in April 2014, less than a year after its premises in Barnsley opened. It led to a local river being polluted, the temporary closure of a sewage treatment works and smoke billowing far downwind.

Prosecuting for the Environment Agency (EA) before Sheffield Crown Court, barrister James Puzey said that the firm’s Wavin Complex had been operating since April 2013. It shreds up to 150,000 tonnes of waste wood per year, largely for biomass fuel used at Eon’s Blackburn Meadows plant, but also to make animal bedding, cat litter and panel board feedstock.

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