Fines and costs totalling £31,000 have been imposed on three firms involved in flytipping in a Doncaster woodland.
Tons of illegal construction and demolition waste were dumped in Hurst Plantation at Auckley in 2010 and 2011 by two Doncaster skip hire companies.
The landowners, Wykeham Estates (Northern) Ltd, of Hurst Lane, admitted operating an illegal waste operation with no environmental permit in force and were fined £3,000 with £5,500 costs.
They were also ordered to remove the waste to a lawful site within eight months by District Judge Jonathan Bennett at Doncaster Magistrates’ Court.
Bolland Skip Services, of Bankwood Lane, Rossington, was fined £6,000 and Westmoreland Waste Recycling, of Kelham Street, Doncaster, fined £5,250, with both companies also ordered to pay £5,500 costs.
The court heard members of the Environment Agency’s environmental crime team visited Hurst Plantation in May 2011 and discovered that around 1,350 tonnes of waste had been unlawfully dumped.
They also found a dirt track had been turned into a road 3-4ft above ground level, which appeared to be made up of soil, plastic containers, asphalt and waste metal as well as house bricks, breeze blocks and general demolition waste, later found to contain asbestos.
The judge said it was ‘a reckless breach of the law by Wykeham Estates with the potential to cause environmental harm’ and that as both Bolland and Westmoreland have been in the waste industry for a long time and should have been aware of the legal requirements.
After the case, an Environment Agency spokesman said: “This prosecution demonstrates that we take waste crime very seriously and will not hesitate to prosecute if necessary, to protect the environment and local communities.”