By Denna Bowman
A waste management firm and its directors have landed themselves in a big mess after being found guilty of illegally stockpiling tens of thousands of waste tyres.
The Bristol tyres recycling company and its bosses have been ordered to pay more than £54,000 in fines and costs by Taunton Crown Court for stashing the tyres on its site on the outskirts of the city.
The case was brought by the Environment Agency against MTR (UK) Limited after an estimated 90,000 waste tyres were found to have been illegally dealt with by the company at the site over a seven-month period/
As many as 47,000 tyres being stored on any given day, according to the report in the Bristol Evening News.
Under the terms of its registration, MTR (UK) Ltd was only authorised to store a maximum of 1,000 waste tyres at the site.
In May 2008 an agency officer visited the depot following a report from a member of the public and found it “completely full of tyres” – many of them loose and precariously stacked. The tyres had come from a number of sources, including national waste tyre dealers and small local garages.
Waste transfer notes obtained by the agency showed MTR had received an estimated 90,000 waste tyres for which it had charged more than £36,000. The Environment Agency initially gave MTR a month to reduce the number of tyres at the site, which lies within a mixed industrial residential area.
The company was told the storage of so many tyres posed a fire risk and raised health and safety issues, however, it failed to comply with a formal notice served in June 2008 ordering it to remove all excess tyres from the site by the following month.
McCarthy Waste Management Ltd was ordered to pay £12,000 costs at Taunton Crown Court this week after pleading guilty to two offences under Section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (depositing & storing waste tyres).
Director Kevin McCarthy was fined £9,000 and ordered to pay £12,000 costs after admitting two offences and a second director, Steven Grant, was fined £8,000 with £13,500 costs after admitting one offence.