Firm pleads not guilty to waste charge

Burton Latimer, Cranford Road, Blackbridge Farm, Think Environmental

Burton Latimer, Cranford Road, Blackbridge Farm, Think Environmental

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The firm that operates a processing plant at Blackbridge Farm has pleaded not guilty to failing to remove illegally buried waste in a field near the site.

Think Enivronmental and its director Gerard Paul Reynolds have both denied failing to comply with a notice that required the firm to clear controlled waste deposited at the Paddock at Blackbridge Farm, in Cranford Road, Burton Latimer.

Mr Reynolds also submitted a not guilty plea to a charge of neglecting to adhere to the notice, served by the Environment Agency, which asked that the waste be removed by December 22, 2011.

The charges followed a prosecution in February 2011 when the firm was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay £4,000 in costs after being found guilty of illegally burying the waste. The company was subsequently told to remove all the waste by December 22 by the Environment Agency, which claims this has not happened.

The case, which was heard earlier today, Thursday, at Kettering Magistrates Court, will now go to trial in early October at Wellingborough Magistrates Court.