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Waste dross causes air pollution at operator’s yard

  • 04 June 2014
  • By Roger Brown

Tyne and Wear metals recycling haulier JJ Stanley has been fined £3,000 following an air pollution incident that caused disruption to residents and businesses.

In an Environment Agency prosecution, Newcastle Magistrates’ Court was told that on the evening of 26 April 2012, the police and fire brigade received reports of a strong chemical smell in the area of the firm’s premises in Longrigg Road, Swalwell.

Complaints came in from a local pub, where people could no longer sit outdoors, and a takeaway business was advised to close for the evening.

The Environment Agency tracked the source of the smell to a 10-tonne pile of aluminium waste, a recyclable residue known as dross, which had been deposited in the company’s yard.

The waste pile had been left uncovered and exposed to rainfall, which might have started the reaction.

In court, JJ Stanley admitted an offence of depositing controlled waste in a manner likely to cause pollution or harm to human health.

The company was also ordered to pay £3,015.10 in costs.


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