Richard Newis, director at Ashfield, said: “Even if a landowner or developer does not create or handle the waste themselves they will still have a responsibility according to the Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011 as they may be considered to be secondary owners of the waste.
“Whether you are dealing with someone else’s waste on your land or your waste on someone else’s land, you have a liability to dispose of it legally, otherwise you could be seen to be profiting from the proceeds of crime.”
Richard continued: “In these challenging times, there is a marked increase in the number of tenants who are becoming insolvent and leaving waste liability to a landlord or developer. A recent case bought by the Environmental Agency saw a landlord fined around £250,000 for allowing an illegal waste recycling company to operate on his land.
“Also on the increase are companies offering services to manage or dispose of waste but not undertaking works within agreed legislation. As a result, there have recently been a number of arrests of high profile companies within the industry.”
Ashfield, which has offices in Cardiff, Exeter and Belfast, works with clients spanning commercial and industrial, banks, law firms, energy, residential developers and regeneration organisations.
Full details about the service can be found on Ashfield’s website www.ashfieldsolutions.com or by calling Richard Newis on 0845 873 1466.
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Notes to editors
Ashfield Solutions was established in 2006 to assist landowners and developers in managing their liabilities and financial risks regarding land contamination.
Experts in their field, the team of professional at Ashfield Solutions have over 40 years’ collective experience working in environmental consultancy, remediation contracting and civil engineering. This makes them well-placed to advise clients on the numerous technical factors and regulatory issues that need to be considered, when managing or developing contaminated land.
Ashfield’s independence ensures that landowners navigate the costs associated with contaminated land and are advised properly, commercially and legally.
Ashfield Solutions has offices in Cardiff, Exeter and Belfast and works with clients throughout the UK and the Republic of Ireland.