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Birtley firm fined for waste transfer failures

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A Birtley business has been left £1,400 out of pocket after failing to declare where it disposes of its waste.

A vehicle and two employees of Pallet Earth Ltd. of West Line Industrial Estate, Birtley were stopped by police officers and Gateshead Council enforcement officers as part of a joint operation enforcing the UK's commercial waste regulations.

The two employees were asked to produce their waste transfer notes, which are legally-required records which track how commercial waste is either disposed of or reused. However, they were unable to do so.

The employees were then issued with a legal notice requiring them to produce their waste transfer notes within 21 days, but again they failed to do so. The company was then issued with a £300 fixed penalty but they declined to pay it.

Representatives of Pallet Earth Ltd. were summonsed to appear at Gateshead Magistrates Court on July 9 to answers charges under the Environmental Protection Act, but failed to attend court and the case was heard in their absence.

Magistrates fined Pallet Earth Ltd £1,000 for failing to produce their waste transfer notes when required to do so, and ordered them to pay costs of £300 and a victim surcharge of £100.

Anneliese Hutchinson, Service Director of Development, Transport and Public Protection, said:

"Businesses have a legal duty to dispose of their waste responsibly and, as part of that duty, they are required by law to keep waste transfer notes which detail what they have disposed of and exactly how they have disposed of it.

"Pallet Earth were unable to produce any such legal documents despite being offered plenty of opportunity to do so.

"Offences under the Environmental Protection Act are usually dealt with very seriously by the courts, so it's little surprise that the magistrates chose to impose such a hefty fine."

Exterior of premises
15 July 2019

(photo: Google)

A Birtley business has been left £1,400 out of pocket after failing to declare where it disposes of its waste.

A vehicle and two employees of Pallet Earth Ltd. of West Line Industrial Estate, Birtley were stopped by police officers and Gateshead Council enforcement officers as part of a joint operation enforcing the UK's commercial waste regulations.

The two employees were asked to produce their waste transfer notes, which are legally-required records which track how commercial waste is either disposed of or reused. However, they were unable to do so.

The employees were then issued with a legal notice requiring them to produce their waste transfer notes within 21 days, but again they failed to do so. The company was then issued with a £300 fixed penalty but they declined to pay it.

Representatives of Pallet Earth Ltd. were summonsed to appear at Gateshead Magistrates Court on July 9 to answers charges under the Environmental Protection Act, but failed to attend court and the case was heard in their absence.

Magistrates fined Pallet Earth Ltd £1,000 for failing to produce their waste transfer notes when required to do so, and ordered them to pay costs of £300 and a victim surcharge of £100.

Anneliese Hutchinson, Service Director of Development, Transport and Public Protection, said:

"Businesses have a legal duty to dispose of their waste responsibly and, as part of that duty, they are required by law to keep waste transfer notes which detail what they have disposed of and exactly how they have disposed of it.

"Pallet Earth were unable to produce any such legal documents despite being offered plenty of opportunity to do so.

"Offences under the Environmental Protection Act are usually dealt with very seriously by the courts, so it's little surprise that the magistrates chose to impose such a hefty fine."

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