A MILKMAN with a sideline in skip hire has been ordered to pay more than £18,000 after illegally disposing of builders’ waste.
Paul Gledhill and his family’s business, PG and Son (Stone Sales) Ltd of The Old Railway Yard, Alder Street, Fartown, had each pleaded guilty to three environmental protection offences.
Gledhill, 58, of New Hey Road, Outlane, is a director of PG and Son, a business involving his wife and son, which recovers and recycles stone.
Huddersfield magistrates were told the Environment Agency received complaints about waste being burned at the Fartown yard in 2005 and 2006.
Officials went and told Gledhill these activities needed a licence. They also put this in writing.
Gledhill’s consultants gave an undertaking he would not burn waste there again and would limit his activities to stone recovery.
But the Environment Agency received further complaints and officers saw assorted waste brought on to the site in skips and put on the ground. Once they saw a JCB digging a pit.
Officials later found areas of recently-disturbed land. They dug a trench and found recently buried mixed waste.
Gledhill said waste had been buried by a former employee without his knowledge. The former yard manager and a driver had been dismissed.
The magistrates gave Gledhill credit for the guilty pleas but said his failure to respond to Environment Agency advice and warnings was a significant aggravating feature.
They fined him and his company £1,500 for each offence.
They also ordered Gledhill and his company to each pay £4,500 in prosecution costs and a £15 victim surcharge.