Directors of the now bust firm Recyclet have been found guilty of operating a regulated waste facility without an environmental permit.
Dennis Owen, Alastair Sherry and David Brown, all directors of Recyclet which is now in liquidation), each received 200 hours of unpaid work, ordered to pay costs of £4,468 and disqualified from being a director of a company for five years.
Recyclet was founded in April 2007 by the three directors to recycle plasterboard. This case involved storing 3,500 tonnes of plasterboard at a site on Sterling Business Park on the Foxhills Industrial Estate in Scunthorpe. Although the company was operating under a permit for units 1, 3 and 4 at the business park, it had not applied for a permit to store controlled waste at unit 1.
The directors accepted they had made a mistake and pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.
The Environment Agency officer in charge of the investigation said: “It is the responsibility of a director to ensure that their company complies with environmental regulations. Company directors should take note that the Environment Agency will prosecute where they are responsible for actions that breach regulations and cause pollution.”