Construction industry firm ADIS Scaffolding has been fined for illegally dumping commercial waste.
Based in Derbyshire, the firm was convicted in its absence at Nottingham Crown Court in a prosecution pursued by the Environment Agency.
ADIS was found guilty of charges concerning illegally dumping, treating and storing waste on land without a proper licence. It was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay a total of £33,800 in compensation because of dumping at sites in Hodthorpe and Cresswell. The judge also told ADIS it must pay £21,244.13 to cover the costs of the prosecution.
The Environment Agency had given permission to ADIS to produce animal bedding out of pallets and wood. The firm also had a permit to store and treat waste from demolition and construction.
The agency said the illegal dumping saved ADIS, which worked out of a waste transfer station in MI Commerce Park, around £26,000 because it did not have to pay tipping and landfill tax.
Investigator Dave Brown said: “We are not prepared to tolerate this sort of activity and we hope today’s result will deter others from such irresponsible behaviour.”