Wrawby Services Ltd in Brigg has been prosecuted by North Lincolnshire Council for illegally burning waste on their site causing air pollution and was ordered to pay nearly £5,000.
The company was found guilty at Scunthorpe Magistrates Court under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 for the disposal of waste in a manner likely to cause pollution of the environment.
They were fined £2,500 and ordered to pay further costs of £2,129.50 plus a victim surcharge of £250.
District Judge Curtis commented that: “Offences against the environment must be taken very seriously. Industrial organisations that pay lip service to this legislation do so at their peril.”
An officer from the council’s Environmental Health team noticed a cloud of dark smoke rising from Island Carr Industrial Estate in Brigg on December 11, 2012.
It was identified this was coming from a fire at the Wrawby Services depot on the Industrial Estate.
The business operates road sweepers from this depot and the material being burnt included rubber hoses and vehicle parts.
Coun Nigel Sherwood, cabinet member for highways and neighbourhood, said: “The council is responsible for controlling and preventing air pollution whether under local air pollution controls or by tackling burning of waste. Commercial waste fires usually occur due to businesses seeking to avoid the cost of legitimate waste disposal.
“Taxpayers’ money is spent investigating and preventing illegal burning of waste, which could be put to better use. It is totally unacceptable for businesses to think they can get away with disposing of waste illegally, especially when it can have a detrimental effect on the environment.”