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Scaffolding firm fined for dumping

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.”