Firms caught burning waste lose permits

Barnsley businesses have been warned that they could be fined if they use two skip hire and waste management companies after their permits were revoked for environmental offences.

The Environment Agency withdrew the permits of Grantscope Limited and RG Wastecare Limited after surveillance showed them to be regularly disposing of waste by burning it at their site at Boulder Bridge, Shaw Lane, Carlton, Barnsley.

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A prosecution ensued and on January 4 Barnsley Magistrates found the two companies guilty of these environmental offences and they were ordered to pay fines of £10,000 each.

The companies had appealed to the Planning Inspectorate against the revocation of their environmental permit in April 2012. However, on November 20 the inspector upheld the Environment Agency’s decision and confirmed the permit revocation for the waste transfer station should stand.

The companies also use a number of trading names, including Star Skips and Mad Metals.