Director admits waste breach

A DIRECTOR of a skip hire firm has admitted breaching the terms of an environmental permit.

Harold Richardson, 56, pleaded guilty to one count over the Level Six site in Mainsforth Terrace, Hartlepool, when he appeared at Teesside Crown Court.

The breach relates to allowing waste to be stored outside of a designated base between November 24, 2008, and September 4, 2009, while he was a director of the company.

Lee Fish, prosecuting for the Environment Agency, said Richardson stopped being responsible for the day-to-day running of the site sometime between that period, but remained a director.

The court heard Level Six had been warned numerous times over the storage of waste at the site when they visited in November and December in 2008, but nothing had changed. It was visited again in January, February and April 2009.

The waste was not hazardous.

Richardson, of South Crescent, Hartlepool, faces an unlimited fine or up to two years in prison for the breach when he is sentenced next month.

He was given unconditional bail.