Waste boss who worked without permit is fined

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A MAN who ran a skip hire company in Turweston without a permit was fined £10,000 last Friday.

Richard John Vernon, from Mixbury, ran his business at Turweston Aerodrome, where he stored and sorted waste without a permit from November 2010 to June last year.

He pleaded guilty to breaching regulations and was fined £10,000 at Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court. He was also ordered to pay full costs of £2,250.

Sarah Nicholson, for the Environment Agency, told the court Vernon’s illegal operation was discovered during a routine hazardous waste audit at the aerodrome.

Vernon told investigating officers he had been at the site for 20 years and has been a registered waste carrier since 1992. He told them he had been taking waste to the site for four or five years.

Some hazardous waste was found at the site, including a fridge and old televisions.

Vernon told the Environment Agency in March he would apply for a permit, but did not do so until December, said Mrs Nicholson.

After the hearing, Environment Agency officer Jeremy Hay said: “By operating without an environmental permit and without the appropriate infrastructure Mr Vernon was able to undercut legitimate operators and put the environment at risk.

“Everyone has a duty of care to ensure that whoever takes their waste is authorized to accept it and that it will be taken to a suitably permitted site.”

Illegal waste sites can be reported on 0800 807060.