Easy Skips (NE) has banned from transporting any more rubbish, after its waste carriers licence was taken away.

Its permit to run a waste transfer station in Hartlepool has also been taken away and the company must clear all the rubbish from the site.

The Environment Agency has also told the company it has just two months to remove all waste from the site.

The decision comes after the firm was convicted in November 2007 of illegally depositing and keeping waste on its site, at Casebourne Road in the town, without a permit.

The company was sentenced in August 2009 – after an investigation to confiscate any profits it made from the crimes – when company directors Kevin Brough and Andrew Benson were ordered to hand over £234,393.

At the time, this was the second-highest Proceeds Of Crime award ever obtained by the Environment Agency.

Easy Skips (NE) was given the opportunity to explain how it would comply with waste laws in the future, but it failed to do so said a spokesman for the Environment Agency.

Environment Agency north east environment manager, Julian Carrington, said: “Over many months Easy Skips (NE) has been collecting waste from people and dumping it at its two sites, transforming them into unsightly mountains of rubbish.

“By revoking Easy Skips waste carriers licence and its permit, we have made it illegal for the company to continue operating in the waste industry.”

Luke Walsh

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