Wednesday 14 January 2015

Prison sentence for timber recycler

Prison sentence for timber recycler

The director of a timber recycling company in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire has been given a six-month prison sentence and a curfew order for a month.

Anne-Lise McDonald, prosecuting, told Northampton Crown Court the company – Larner Timber Recycling - chipped and sorted waste wood from May 2012.

The firm however “breached a condition to have a written management system to protect people and the environment”, she added.

David Lewis McEwan’s site accumulated a huge amount of waste wood which was stored without any fire breaks. Wood particles from chipping also escaped from the site “polluting neighbours’ sites and causing a further breach of its permit”.

Environment Agency Officer John Jones said: “Waste sites have a duty to ensure their operations are managed properly to ensure they do not present a risk to neighbouring companies nor to the environment. If they refuse to comply or deliberately ignore advice supplied by site inspectors, they may be prosecuted and risk going to jail.”

Written by

Bruna Pinhoni

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