Environment Agency - Waste company given steep penalty for permit breach

A waste company has been ordered to pay a total of £36,001 by magistrates after pleading guilty to breaching the conditions of its permit to run a Berkshire landfill site.

Grundon Waste Management Ltd operates the landfill site at a disused quarry at Star Lane, Knowle Hill, which takes around 60,000 tonnes of biodegradable commercial and industrial waste annually.

Bracknell Magistrates’ Court heard yesterday (Wednesday 29 September) that such sites can only operate legally if licensed by the Environment Agency.

Because of the nature of the site and its potential for harm to the environment, the Environment Agency requires the operator to adhere strictly to the conditions of its permit. Potential problems include polluting the water beneath the site and the risk of an explosion or a contribution to odours and green house gas emissions.

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