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Hull firm fined £10k for dumping plasterboard

Hull based firm Colt Industrial Services was fined £10,000 last week at Trafford Magistrates' Court for illegally storing plasterboard at a farm in Greater Manchester.
The company was also ordered to pay £1,220 costs to the Environment Agency which brought the prosecution.

Speaking after the case Special Enforcement Officer Brian Hodgson said: 'Dumping large volumes of plasterboard is detrimental to the environment because it is unable to break down properly and therefore causes contamination of the land.'

The court heard that in September 2003 special enforcement officers went to Swiss Cottage Farm in Carrington, which is run by Martin Dowd who trades as Environmental Partnerships. They found approximately 1,400m 3of waste plasterboard.

The farm did not have a waste management licence.

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