Kevin Anderson and his company Combined Projects have been convicted and fined for the illegal disposal of four thousand waste tyres at a Castlepoint property, in New Zealand.
New Zealand Company Fined $50,000 for Dumping Thousands of Tyres
The Wairarapa company has been fined $50,000 for illegally disposing of thousands of tyres.
Greater Wellington Regional Council laid four charges against Kevin Anderson and his company Combined Projects (2016) Ltd in 2019 for offences that occurred early that year – including breaching an abatement notice from the council to stop further stockpiling.
Anderson and his company were convicted and fined for the illegal disposal of four thousand waste tyres at a Castlepoint property.
Greater Wellington’s environmental protection team leader James Snowdon said in this case, the council had repeatedly contacted Anderson’s company, advising it to take action.
“In addition to the eventual contamination of the land these tyres may cause, they also pose a serious fire risk,” Snowdon said in a statement.
“There are legitimate ways to dispose of tyres, instead Mr Anderson and his company chose to receive these tyres and dispose of them illegally, creating a legacy problem for whoever eventually bought or inherited the land.”
In addition to seeking a fine from the defendants, the council asked the court to impose an Enforcement Order requiring the removal of the illegal tyres.
On Wednesday, November 3rd, Judge Brian Dwyer issued a fine of $50,000 to the company and convicted and discharged Mr Anderson due to his financial position.
Costs were imposed on both parties, but the judge declined to make an order requiring the removal of the four thousand tyres to an authorised disposal site; he advised that the Regional Council could seek such an order from the Environment Court.