Swansea illegal waste site cleared

Baled waste

An illegal waste site in Swansea which threatened to pollute the local environment has been cleared after action by Natural Resources Wales (NRW).

At its peak the site in Swansea docks contained 31,000 tonnes of illegally stored waste which posed a risk to local people, businesses and the environment from pests, odour and pollution. It consisted of baled solid, recovered fuel and non-recyclable household waste.  

The waste was supposed to be temporarily stored onsite by two companies, EPS (Alternative Fuels) Ltd and Environmental Practical Solutions Ltd,  before being exported. 

But after accepting payment for the waste, the companies failed to take much of it away, leaving large piles on site.  

Legal action by Natural Resources Wales in 2015 meant that no more waste could be taken on site and required the companies to clear the backlog. 

However, both companies went into liquidation in 2017 and were subsequently dissolved leaving around 6,000 tonnes of waste on site.  

With no legal avenues left to pursue, NRW turned to the landowner, Associated British Ports (ABP), for support to clear the site. 

ABP agreed to take responsibility for removing the waste, and with advice from NRW officers, the remaining waste has now been removed. 

Jonathan Willington, Waste Regulation Team Leader from NRW said: 

“People who run waste businesses have a duty to do so responsibly, and in a way which is not going to harm local people or the environment.  

“There are strict rules and regulations that need to be followed, and we regulate sites to make sure that companies comply with these without cutting corners. 

“In this case our officers worked tirelessly, using all the legal tools available to them, to remove the risk from the waste that was abandoned on the site.  

“We’d like to thank ABP for their support and cooperation in achieving this result for the community.”

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