Devon operator CC Haulage fined over £100,000 for illegal waste dumping

Commercial Motor
January 22, 2018


A Devon haulage and site clearance firm faces a bill of more than £100,000 for dumping thousands of tonnes of soil and stone on farmland.

In a case brought by the Environment Agency, CC Haulage & Sons was fined £14,000 and ordered to pay £5,000 in costs.

Judge Geoffrey Mercer at Exeter Crown Court also told the family-owned company from Crediton, Devon it had to pay a £90,000 proceeds of crime confiscation order.

This is a figure based on the profits CC Haulage made from its illegal dumping.

The two directors of CC Haulage are Colin Clarke and his wife, Deborah Clarke.

Farmers are allowed to accept up to 1,000 tonnes of non-hazardous waste including soil and stone under a permission known as an ‘exemption’ that is commonly used on farms to construct hard-standings, bases for buildings or tracks, and doesn’t need an environmental permit.

However, in November 2016 the Environment Agency visited Beech Down Farm in Tedburn St Mary where much more waste than this was being tipped in a valley.

Inquiries revealed that CC Haulage had deposited 7,820 tonnes of waste at the farm.

Excessive quantities of waste, much of it from building and construction sites, had also been tipped at 3 other Devon farms at Longdown, Exeter; Yeoford; and Crediton.

The offences came to light after the Environment Agency examined waste transfer notes that identified CC Haulage as the source of the excessive amounts of waste material.

The company benefitted financially by paying the farmers less to accept the waste than it was charging its clients to take the material away.

The firm’s defence said CC Haulage believed the farmers had the necessary permits to accept the waste, but admitted the company should have checked.

Richard Cloke of the Environment Agency said: “Haulage businesses must ensure they comply with the limits and conditions of environmental permits and exemptions.

“These are in place to stop the illegal deposit of waste, protect the environment and create a level playing field for the waste industry.”

Judge Mercer said: “It is not entirely clear to me how the company were unclear about the limits.”


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