The Leading News & Information Service For The Facilities, Workplace & Built Environment Community

Saturday, 23 November

Stinky Renewi - Pew And Phew

Renewi's Sowerby Woods site

A rather smelly waste company has said 'phew' as it avoids a massive fine, for causing more than a little stink, by changing its habits and donating to environment charities.

The Environment Agency has agreed the first ever Enforcement Undertaking (EU) for odour pollution - which means the smelly culprit doesn't get fined but instead gets to make a £60,000 donation to local charities.

The EU has been agreed with Renewi UK Services, formerly Shanks Waste Management, after the company were suspected of causing odours, following a history of odour complaints.

The site on Sowerby Woods Industrial Estate, Barrow-in-Furness, is one of two in Cumbria which takes the county’s municipal waste.

Waste at the site is processed, the recyclates are removed and the remaining waste is turned into Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF). Local businesses and residents have complained of being affected by odours from the site since 2014. These reports were investigated by the Environment Agency and the Operator has subsequently put additional measures in place to minimise the impact.

 

Undertaking

According to the Environment Agency's own rules, when appropriate, it may be in the public interest to accept an EU from an Operator rather than prosecuting them for an offence. EUs allow those who are suspected of committing offences to restore the environment and to take steps to prevent a recurrence. They potentially allow a quicker resolution than a prosecution and help offenders who are prepared to take responsibility for their actions to put things right voluntarily.

Having worked with Renewi to identify changes that were needed, the Environment Agency accepted the EU offer which included an increase in the biofilter stack height, alterations to the management of the processes on site and increased sampling and monitoring.

 

Coughing up

As part of the EU, Renewi has also donated £60,000 to a local environmental charity which will benefit the local environment, made compensation payments to a number of local businesses and individuals as well as paying the Environment Agency’s investigation costs.

Claire Westgarth, Environment Agency Installations Team Leader said: "This is the first time an EU has been accepted for alleged permit breaches relating to odour at an Installation, which is a huge achievement.

"Since the Operator invested and addressed the issues on site the reduction in odour has been noted by local businesses. Whilst a site like this may never be completely free of odour, we are really pleased with the outcome for the local community.

"We are continuing to monitor odour around the site to check that the measures continue to be suitable for minimising the impact from odour."

Picture: Renewi's Sowerby Woods site.

Article written by Brian Shillibeer

Share



Related Articles

All Electric Dust Carts Hit The City Of London

Plans for the UK's first fully electric refuse fleet have been revealed as Veolia has signed a new tech-driven City of London waste contract. The City of London...

 Read Full Article
Group Sues Council Over £600m Incinerator Contract

A community group is taking Gloucestershire County Council to court over the award of a £600 million incinerator contract. Community R4C, a non-profit mutual...

 Read Full Article
Action Required To Halt A Return To Deadly Smog

First Mile has released a new image to illustrate the reality of pollution in London. The harrowing depiction is of what London could look like if air quality is not...

 Read Full Article
The Issue Of Paper Straws Dogs McDonalds' Enviro Rep

Paper straws in workplaces and restaurants are as unrecyclable as their plastic forerunners. McDonalds' environmental reputation has been sullied by not telling their...

 Read Full Article
Sort The Confusion - Falling Recycling Rates Blamed On Lack Of Understanding

Waste giant Biffa has called for UK recycling confusion to be sorted, saying that inconsistency and confusion in labelling, sorting and collections are preventing UK...

 Read Full Article
Poor Maintenance & Reporting Lead To £126 Million Penalty

Southern Water has agreed to pay £126 million in penalties and payments to customers after dreadful maintenance led to sewage treatment failures. A criminal...

 Read Full Article
Not So Deee-Liteful - Biffa Bashed For Grubby Waste Deal

Waste giant Biffa has been found guilty of exporting banned waste to China in containers labelled as waste paper but containing used nappies, sanitary towels, shoes and...

 Read Full Article
Organised Gangs Behind Lease & Dump Crimes

Hundreds of commercial properties are sitting targets for waste criminals the Environment Agency has said as it urges property and land owners across the South-East to be...

 Read Full Article
Climate Change Denier Blames Computer Warming Predictions

A leading climatologist has said that the computer simulations that are used to predict global warming are failing on a key measure of the climate today and cannot be...

 Read Full Article
Electric Vehicles To Make Road Charges Rise

The popularity of electric vehicles could lead to nationwide road tolls for all drivers totalling £700 a year, according to financial experts. A new report by...

 Read Full Article