British businessman has been sentenced in court for illegal operation of tire recycling facility in Cleckheaton without obligatory permission from the Environment Agency. As a punishment, he will have to spend 100 hours working for free. Additionally, he will have to pay a fine of £1,000.

The sentence to the offender, Stewart William Eatwell from Morley, was announced at Magistrates’ Court in Leeds after the persecuted admitted the crime.

According to the Environment Agency’s representative, Laura Taylor, the investigators found that the business had been recycling more tires than it was officially permitted by a waste exemption, exceeding 40 tones in a seven-day period.

Eatwell served as the director at Legacy Tyre Recycling Ltd, a company specializing at collection and storage of used tires in Cleckheaton. All the tires were handled at the Rawfolds Way.

Legacy Tyre Recycling Ltd. Photo: Telegraph & Argus

In late 2015 and early 2016, Eatwell was handed a warning that it was obligatory to get an environmental permit for his company. The businessman informed that he had intention of reducing the quantity of recycled tires, however the excessive numbers of tires kept on being recycled in February 2016.

That February, the Environment Agency and West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue found that the tires which were stored at the collection point lacked fire breaks. Moreover, any plans preventing fire were absent at the site. The organizations visited the place once more later and found that additional 300 had been delivered to the place.

In early spring, the place was out of operation and locked up as spotted by official inspectors. By May 2016, Legacy Tyre Recycling Ltd received a legal notice with request to remove all the tires. However, by that time, the tires had not been removed. The liquidation of the business took place in June 2016.

£5,000 were paid by the land owner to carry out the waste clearance, who paid with money provided from the tenant’s bond.

According to Mark Parker, Environmental Crime Officer at the Environment Agency, the court case illustrates to site managers the importance of complying with permits and exemptions, such as the ones setting the restrictions for the quantity of tires allowed to be stored.

Investigations and further actions will be taken by the officials to fight with tire recyclers and collectors failing to operate in accordance with the rules.

If the businesses does not meet the requirements, it can increase the chances of harming human beings and the ecology.

Article: Telegraph & Argus