Nottingham waste firm fined for dust and odour breaches

2nd November 2018


P11 skip alamy d0x0bn

Related Topics

Related tags

  • Legislation ,
  • Pollution & Waste Management ,
  • Waste

Author

IEMA

A Nottingham waste transfer company and its director have been ordered to pay fines and costs totalling £71,000, following breaches of the conditions of an environmental permit during a 19-month period.

Ryan Colson, the director of Colson Transport Limited, took over the Bulwell Lane site in Old Basford from its previous owners in 2013. The volume of waste passing through the site then significantly increased, with no consideration given to updating its working plan. As a result, dust escaped from the site and odour problems developed; both of these issues had a significant impact on local residents, businesses and a nearby primary school.

Mr Colson and Colson Transport had a history of non-compliance, and had already received a prior warning from the Environment Agency. However, the site was never consistently operated in a way that complied with an environmental permit.

In sentencing, District Judge Spruce noted the length of time the breaches spanned and the history of non-compliance, and although he found that local residents had suffered from the problems caused by the site, there were no findings that this created a risk to human health.

In mitigation, he argued that there had been no financial gain as a result of the permit breaches, and that there was “clear evidence of significant steps taken to remedy the problems and improving infrastructure in order to avoid recurrence”.

Mr Colson and Colson Transport Limited accepted responsibility and cooperated with the investigation, investing approximately £350,000 into the site.

Image credit: Alamy


Transform articles

Power struggle: Central government and local authorities

Devolving power from central government to local authorities will be critical for the UK as it looks to deliver on its environmental targets. Chris Seekings reports

23rd September 2021

Read more

The UK government has been “too city-focused” in its climate action and must provide more funding and support to reduce emissions in rural areas, the County Councils Network (CCN) has said.

22nd September 2021

Read more

COVID-19 offers the world a huge chance to beat a path to sustainability, says Oxford University professor Ian Goldin – but we must learn from past crises, he tells Huw Morris

30th July 2021

Read more

The UK’s pipeline for renewable energy projects could mitigate 90% of job losses caused by COVID-19 and help deliver the government’s ‘levelling up’ agenda. That is according to a recent report from consultancy EY-Parthenon, which outlines how the UK’s £108bn “visible pipeline” of investible renewable energy projects could create 625,000 jobs.

30th July 2021

Read more

The UK's largest defined benefit (DB) pension schemes have received a letter from the Make My Money Matter campaign urging them to set net-zero emission targets ahead of the COP26 climate summit later this year.

26th July 2021

Read more

The total cost of waste crime in England has increased by 53% in just three years, and now costs the country nearly £1bn annually, a recent study has uncovered.

23rd July 2021

Read more

The oil and gas industry is set to burn through its allocated carbon budget 13 years early unless decisive action is taken immediately, new analysis has found.

22nd July 2021

Read more

Public money spent rescuing economies from the impact of COVID-19 is set to do more harm than good to the environment, new research suggests.

16th July 2021

Read more

The sale of new diesel and petrol heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) will be banned in the UK by 2040 under proposals unveiled in the government's transport decarbonisation plan yesterday.

15th July 2021

Read more

Media enquires

Looking for an expert to speak at an event or comment on an item in the news?

Find an expert