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Man fined £840 for ‘burning waste’ 

By 27/08/2021News
Mixed waste was found to be illegally stored at the site

A 49-year old man has been fined £840 for the storing and burning of mixed waste without a permit at his home in Balderton, Newark, the Environment Agency has reported.

Tony Briggs-Price of Barnby Road, Balderton was prosecuted at Nottingham Magistrates court on Tuesday (24 August).

According to the Environment Agency, Mr Briggs-Price had previously worked in the waste industry and was “familiar with the legal requirements associated with environmental regulation”.

Mr Briggs-Price was also ordered to pay prosecution costs of £2,000.


On visiting the site in November 2018, the Environment Agency said its officers found large piles of waste, including 100 tonnes of construction and demolition waste, 160 tonnes of general mixed waste, 400 tonnes of soil, and 1 tonne of wood waste.

The Agency said that officers also found evidence of the recent burning of waste on the site, including smoke, scorch marks and ash on the ground.

In particular, they found smouldering and scorched metal items and blackened metal coils, which the Agency said is “consistent with burning of mattresses”.

‘Actively targeting’

Robert Vickers, the investigating officer at the Environment Agency, said: “We hope this case will send a clear message that we do not hesitate to take action to protect the environment and bring perpetrators to justice. Mr Briggs-Price operated the site without the required permit which, as well as undermining the regulatory regime, also had an impact on lawful waste operators.

“We are actively targeting illegal waste activities across the country and would urge all those seeking to become involved in the waste industry to ensure they have the appropriate permits and authorisations in place before commencing their operations.”

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Source: Waste Managment