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Skip hire haulage boss fined for dust and liquid leaks from yard

  • 07 September 2012
  • By Roger Brown

A skip hire haulage boss has been fined £4,000 after poor storage of waste led to complaints about dust and liquid escaping from his yard.

In an Environment Agency (EA) prosecution, Leeds Magistrates Court was told how Robert Dyson’s business Bill Dyson Skip Hire, had a waste transfer station on the Whitehall Industrial Estate in Leeds, which had an environmental permit, with conditions imposed to prevent pollution.

An officer from the agency visited the site in July 2010, following complaints of dust caused by the unloading of skips at the site. He found a large pile of waste outside, with dust blowing off the pile and off the site.

Following another visit by the officer later that month, the site manager was warned that if the waste was not cleared by 30 July then further action would be considered.

Environment Agency officers audited the site in August 2010, and noted that several loads of waste were tipped, often containing dusty materials.

Dyson pleaded guilty to a breach of the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010, and was also ordered to pay costs of £2,333.23.

In mitigation, the court was told that at the time of the offence, Dyson was having problems with the trommel – a conveyer belt that filters and sorts the waste.

Dyson managed to raise the finance for the new machinery and at a cost of £300,000 it has now been installed. 
He has also employed a site manager.


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