27 May 2016
Wilco’s Waste Management Fined £14,000 for Breaching Environmental Permit
A Cornwall based waste management company has been fined a total of £14,000 for a breach of its’ environmental permit.
Wilco’s Waste Management Ltd receive selections of waste which is then separated, the firm then disposes of the invaluable waste and forwards on the recyclable waste to other sites. Prior to operation, all waste management businesses must have an environmental permit issued by the Environment Agency.
Although, the Company do have a permit in place, they have been prosecuted for a second time for failing to adhere to the rules provided. Charges were brought against both Wilco’s Waste Management and its’ director, Adam Wilcott by the Environment Agency following allegations that the site had been accepting unauthorized hazardous waste over a three year period. The Environment Agency said this “posed a threat to the environment”.
In February 2015, the waste firm also pleaded guilty to five offences relating to permit breaches which were committed between January and May 2014 and a further offence on failing to comply with an enforcement notice in June 2014. The company were sentenced on 9 April 2015.
Wilco’s Waste Management Ltd have been subsequently fined a total of £12,000 for six offences and a total of £4,721 in costs. Company Director, Adam Wilcott, who has admitted the breaches stating that he allowed the skips for commercial reasons in order to help him stay afloat, was also fined £1,920 as well as a £32 victim surcharge individually.
The Business Crime and Regulatory department at Slater and Gordon specialise in providing advice to businesses being investigated by regulatory bodies. If your business is subject to an Environment Agency investigation, the Business Crime and Regulatory solicitors at Slater and Gordon can help. Should you require any advice, please call us on freephone 0800 916 9054 or contact us online and we will call you.