Case Studies

Case Studies

 

Fit and Proper? - You decide...

 

Anyone holding a waste disposal permit has to be “a fit and proper person.” This also applies to waste disposal companies such as Biffa. Here are five news articles about other landfill and waste disposal sites around the country which are operated by Biffa.

 

Study 1 Court Case Summary:

 

In November 2007, Biffa were fined £20,000 plus £12,500 costs for failing to do anything about foul smells which were affecting local people (sound familiar?) They had been given an enforcement notice by the Environment Agency, but did nothing about it.

 

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Study 2 Court Case Summary:

 

Biffa were fined £60,000 plus £11,500 costs for failing to store hazardous waste safely. They had been warned twice by the Environment Agency but the same problem kept happening. Biffa blamed their contractor, but why did they continue to use the contractor after both their warnings?

 

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Study 3 Court Case Summary:

 

Biffa were fined £190,000 plus £50,000 costs when one of their employees was tragically crushed by a shovel loader in one of their waste depots. Biffa pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

 

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Study 4 Court Case Summary:

 

Biffa were fined £40,000 plus £15,400 costs for failing to dispose of asbestos correctly. Instead of depositing the asbestos in pre-constructed lanes to minimise the risk of harmful fibres escaping into the air, they left it exposed and un-attended. They were warned once by the Environment Agency but failed to address the issue.

 

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Study 5 Court Case Summary:

 

Biffa were fined £280,000 plus £55,000 costs after a member of the public tragically crushed to death after being struck by the bucket of a loading shovel. He was desposing of garden waste in a special area in a Biffa operated site in Newbury, Buckinghamshire. The Judge said: "The chain of events cluminating in this tragic death were forseeable and preventable."

 

This particular full story also gives a good insight into the sort of people who are running Biffa.

 

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Conclusion:

 

So. Here’s a company, who, in the last four years has had to pay out a shade under three quarters of a million pounds in fines and costs for rule breaking, fatal negligence and causing a nuisance.

Fit and Proper? - You decide...