Erith waste management company fined £51,500 for keeping too much rubbish

PUBLISHED: 14:34 26 July 2013 | UPDATED: 14:34 26 July 2013

An Erith waste management firm has been fined £51,500 for storing over twenty times the permitted rubbish at their site.

Metropolitan Waste Management, in Manor Road, pleaded guilty to 14 charges at Bromley Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (July 24) and was also ordered to pay costs of £9,773 and a victim surcharge of £15.

The Environment Agency brought charges against Metropolitan Waste Management, a waste recycling company who operate the site in, following the service of Enforcement Notices in April and July 2012 related to the volume of waste stored at the site.

Environment Manager Chris Hazelton said: “Metropolitan Waste Management chose to ignore its management procedures and environmental permit, and no had inclination to follow any advice and guidance provided by Environment Agency officers.

“Illegal operations like this can not only damage the environment and blight communities, but can have a serious impact on those local businesses that operate within the rules. In cases like this where individuals consistently operate illegally, we prosecute them as we want to make sure that waste crime doesn’t pay.”

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