Costly waste errors

Harrogate Magistrates fined three companies a total of £38,200 after 10 tonnes of food waste was left on grazing land, leading to a risk of foot-and-mouth disease. FD Todd & Sons took the waste from Pro-Pak Foods to a farm run by Coast to Coast Recycling. The recipient believed it was vegetable material but the Pro-Pak had changed the content. Failure to complete transfer notes, and not checking the material, had led to the offences.

In a separate case, Torquay Magistrates fined retailer Trago Mills £185,000 for burning and dumping up to 6,000 tonnes of waste over many years. The Environment Agency told the Court that the company sidestepped existing recycling schemes to avoid the costs of correct disposal.

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