Cleaning firm’s fine for illegal waste storage

A HEANOR cleaning company has been fined £20,000 and ordered to pay £4,246 in costs for illegally storing waste on the Heanor Gate Industrial Estate.

Kiran Cassini, of the Environment Agency, told Derby Magistrates’ Court that between April and August 2010, Fosters Cleaning Company, of Heanor, deposited and stored controlled waste on land without the necessary environmental permit - despite warnings from the agency.

Environment Agency officers observed waste including tumble driers, wood, commercial waste, scrap metal, tyres, and a gas cylinder.

Company director Eric Foster said that the storage was due to tip opening times and logistical problems. He disputed that a warning letter in July 2009 had been received, and said that illegal operations had now ceased.

Speaking after the case, an Environment Agency spokesman involved in the investigation said: “Illegal waste operations have the potential to cause direct pollution of the environment and the potential to harm human health.

“We will not hesitate to take action when we find evidence of such unauthorised activity taking place.”

The charge was brought under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010.