£150,000 fine for waste giant in odour battle

Farington Waste Technology Park

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A Leyland waste plant plagued by problems with smells has been fined £150,000 in court over its failures.

Global Renewables Lancashire, which runs a £320m site in Farington, was also ordered to pay £55,000 in costs when they were brought before Preston Magistrates’ Court.

The court heard how when the site first began to operate in 2010 the company failed to monitor all their systems properly, resulting in prolonged and widespread smells.

In just three months of the site being in operation between February and April 2011, the Environment Agency received 350 complaints from members of the public.

The site is operated under a permit granted by the Environment Agency when the company secured a contract to treat 300,000 tonnes of waste a year for Lancashire County Council.

They pleaded guilty to five charges, including failing to comply with their permit by releasing emissions with odours and failing to monitor the plant’s bio-filters.

The company also failed to notify the Environment Agency about the malfunctions in their systems.

A spokesman for the Environment Agency said: “In this case the business did not act quickly enough to take action on the odour issues that blighted the local community for a long period of time.

“Since the problems occurred, we have worked closely with Global Renewables and they have made significant investment to improve the way they run the site.”

Now £1.2m has been spent fixing the problems

A spokesman for Global Renewables said: “We are working closely with the Environment Agency and respect the decisions made.”

They added the fines relate to incidents up to April 2011.

- For more on this story, see next week’s Leyland Guardian.