On 5 June 2006, Eurowaste Recycling Plc was convicted and sentenced in absence at Rugby Magistrates' Court in relation the illegal keeping and deposit of waste on land when no waste management licence was in force, failing to supply waste transfer notes and failing to remove waste.
The charges were brought by the Environment Agency under the Environmental Protection Act. Eurowaste Recycling Plc was fined £63,000 , ordered to pay costs of £7890.85 and compensation of £3516.00 for unpaid licence fees.
For the Environment Agency, Michael Robinson told that court that in the summer of 2006, Eurowaste Recycling Plc entered into an agreement with Fraser Evans and Sons Ltd for shredded tyres to be supplied to Eurowaste Recycling Plc's site at Long Marston Airfield in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Environment Agency officers visited the site in September 2006 and October 2006 and saw that significant amounts of waste in the form of shredded tyres had been deposited. Further investigation revealed that over 1300 tonnes of shredded tyres had been deposited at the site from June 2006 to September 2006.
However, there was no waste management licence in place for the land in question. In addition, the defendant failed to supply waste transfer notes when requested and failed to remove the shredded tyres from the site in July 2007.
Speaking after the case Deborah Jones, an Environment Agency Officer involved in the investigation said: “During the investigation, Eurowaste Recycling Plc ignored our guidance to apply for a waste management licence. The company has avoided the cost of applying for a waste management licence as well as substantial disposal costs to remove the tyres from the site.”