Faccenda fined over waste disposal

The Faccenda Group has been fined a total of almost £5,000 for incorrectly disposing of waste at one of its chicken processing plants in Wiltshire.

The company admitted breaches of the Environmental Protection Act at Lyneham Farm, Uppertown, near Chippenham, during a hearing (18 November) before Chippenham magistrates.

The court heard that, in April 2008, a routine visit to the poultry unit by Environment Agency inspectors found that hazardous waste was being bought from other sites and incorrectly stored.

A further inspection in October showed that the hazardous waste, including fluorescent light tubes, was still being stored, mixed with other waste and then taken to a waste transfer site.

Paula Sage, prosecuting for the Environment Agency, told the court: "The defendant company consistently failed to comply with the advice given to it by the Environment Agency and tried to dispose of hazardous waste, despite being warned on previous occasions about the illegal mixing, storing and transportation of hazardous wastes."

Faccenda was fined £2,500 with £2,458 costs.