Scunthorpe firm fined thousands of pounds for pollution

Councillor Neil Poole.
Councillor Neil Poole.

A family business which grows turf for gardens and sports pitches has been fined thousands of pounds for burning commercial waste that polluted the air and could have affected nearby residents.

County Turf Ltd at Low Santon Farm, Dawes Lane, Scunthorpe, was fined £4000, ordered to pay a £120 victim surcharge and made to pay £836.30 costs to North Lincolnshire Council.

Company bosses admitted a charge of unauthorised disposal of controlled waste in a manner likely to cause pollution of the environment or harm to human health at Scunthorpe Magistrates Court on April 6.

A council spokesperson said firefighters attended a large blaze at the premises on October 4 last year and referred the matter to the authority’s environmental health team for further investigation.

Officers visited the business and found evidence that commercial waste had previously been burnt.

The remains of the fire allegedly contained tyres, plastic tubes, metal and other materials.

The council said the size of the fire and materials burnt would have produced large amounts of dark smoke within 220 metres of residents.

Burning such waste can produce pollutants such as carbon monoxide and dioxins.

Following the case, councillor Neil Poole, cabinet member for neighbourhoods, said: “Disregarding pollution control legislation can have a potentially significant effect on the health of local people who may suffer from respiratory problems.

“Businesses have a duty of care to dispose of their waste in a way that does not impact upon the environment or local communities.”