Company stored 100,000 tyres illegally
A RECYCLING company has been ordered to pay £27,244 in fines and costs for illegally storing almost 100,000 waste tyres at a warehouse in East Devon.
The case was brought by the Environment Agency.
Devon-based Recycled Construction Systems Ltd had previously been found guilty at Exeter Crown Court of illegally depositing and storing 96,000 waste tyres at Westerhope Units in Dunkeswell. The company was one of several defendants in the South West's largest ever waste crime investigation.
At a sentencing hearing Judge Philip Wassall described it as a 'serious offence' involving a very large number of tyres.
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The company, no longer trading, was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £26,244 costs.
A former partner in RCS, Tom Dunn, of Cutsey, Taunton, was given a two-year conditional discharge and ordered to pay £5,400 costs after being found guilty, at the earlier trial, of illegally exporting thousands of waste tyres to Vietnam.
Dunn, 26, was among five defendants who were found or pleaded guilty to environmental offences following Operation Hemlock, a major investigation into large-scale illegal waste activities led by the Environment Agency.
Other defendants included Nicholas Gauntlett who pleaded guilty to operating an unlicensed waste site in Gloucestershire. The case against Gauntlett was adjourned.
Carl Steele of Lincolnshire, pleaded guilty to depositing waste tyres at Gauntlet's farm. He has already received a six-month supervision order.