THE last of the rubbish which was left at Goole Docks nearly a year ago has finally gone to landfill.
More than 4,000 bales of household waste, originally intended for a waste recovery plant in Germany, was left at the docks last May, leading to complaints from residents about smell and flies.
The Environment Agency is carrying out a “complex legal investigation” into the circumstances surrounding the illegal dumping on dockland managed by NW Trading.
Goole councillor Keith Moore said: “I am pleased that it is finally gone, but it shouldn’t have been there in the first place and it should have been removed far quicker.
“I fail to understand how the Environment Agency didn’t have the powers to do it, and I can’t believe the investigations are taking this long”.
The agency admitted that getting the bales shifted – there were still around 600 left in January – had taken longer than it would have liked, but said it had avoided it costing the taxpayer. Team leader Ian Cowie said: “We appreciate that residents may have been concerned, and would like to apologise for the delay, but we have a duty not to incur more costs than necessary, and we believe this policy has now paid off.”
The Agency served a notice against NW Trading last November to remove waste which had been deposited without an environmental permit.
Last June it served a similar notice against Leeds Paper Recycling, which brought the refuse to the docks.
Tony Woolrich, the managing director of NW Trading, said: “We are pleased to confirm the remaining bales were removed yesterday (Wednesday) and we have worked closely with Environment Agency staff throughout the period that the bales have been on site to assist in bringing the matter to a satisfactory conclusion.”