- Director of CK Waste limited, Mr Connell, failed in his permit to operate and managed waste without a set procedure that identified and minimized the risk.
- On Friday 7th of January 2022, Connell appeared before the court. He was sentenced for 22 weeks imprisonment, suspended for 12 month, and ordered to pay costs 8.132.45 as well as a victim surcharge. Connell was also disqualified from being a director for three years.
The Environment Agency has successfully prosecuted Mr Connell, an Oldham-based person, for illegally storing and treating approximately 6,000 cubic metres waste, roughly 12,000 standard 6×4 trucks, on an industrial site on the outskirts Manchester.
Director of CK Waste Limited Mr. Connell was accused of allowing an environmental offence. The site did not comply with their permit and managed the waste without following procedures that minimized pollution risk.
Connell was also given an enforcement notice because excessively piled refuse posed a fire risk after it was stored for too long. Connell failed to address the fire prevention plan and took no steps to reduce the piles of waste after being issued with an enforcement notice.
Connell was sentenced 22 weeks imprisonment with a 12-month suspension, and ordered to pay 8,132.45 in costs and a victim surcharge. Connell was also disqualified from being a director for three years.
A spokesperson for the Environment Agency stated:
The Environment Agency is happy to see that Mr Connell was convicted of the offences. Connell was the director of CK Waste Limited. Although Connell received extensive advice and guidance by Environment Agency officers, he failed to take any steps to reduce the amount of piled waste at the Dukinfield, Manchester site.
All of us create waste. We all have a responsibility for ensuring that our waste is properly managed. This prosecution sends a strong signal that we will continue to fight illegal waste crime and bring those responsible accountable to justice. It is important that householders and businesses do all they can to prevent illegal waste from ending up in the hands operators who are breaking the law. Data.gov.uk – Waste carriers, brokers and traders
Environmental incidents can be reported 24/7 to the Environment Agency on 0800 87060. Waste crime can also anonymously be reported via Crimestoppers online and on 0800 5555111.