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Skip firm fined for leaving waste at farm

  • 21 September 2012
  • By Roger Brown

Leicester-based MJ City Skip Hire has been fined £20,000 after waste heavily contaminated with glass, polystyrene, wood, metal, plastic and other items was discovered at a farm.

In an Environment Agency (EA) prosecution, Leicester Magistrates’ Court was told how on 1 September 2011, officers from the organisation visited Scraptoft Farm, after receiving a report from Market Harborough District Council that illegal waste operations had been taking place.

On entering the site officers immediately saw a large pile of construction and demolition waste next to an old barn.

After speaking to the site manager it was established that Kuldip Singh Kainth, who owned the farm wanted to form a roadway and that waste had been transported into the farm by MJ City Skip Hire.

There was no permit or exemption in place for the activities and the total amount of waste estimated to have been deposited at the farm was 2,000 tonnes.

In mitigation, a representative of MJ City Skip Hire told the court that all the contaminated waste had since been removed to the satisfaction of the agency and that the company had now put measures in place to ensure that the incident is never repeated. 

MJ City Skip Hire based in Leicester was ordered to pay £2,803.65 in costs.

Kainth was also fined £4,000 also ordered to pay £1,869.10 in costs.

They both pleaded guilty to breaches of the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulation 2010.


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