A Mitcham man who set up an illegal recycling business in Sutton has been fined.

In March 2019, Billy McCluskey, 31, of Beaumont Court set up Site Scrap Recycling Ltd in Wealdstone Road, Sutton.

McCluskey did not have planning permission or the appropriate license to operate the business and illegally burnt waste in the back yard of the property, causing both harm to the environment and local community.

On Monday, October 8, at Lavender Hill Magistrates Court, McCluskey pleaded guilty to operating a Waste Transfer Station without the appropriate permissions contrary to Section 33/34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

This came following an investigation by the Environmental Enforcement Team within Sutton Council's Regulatory Services.

McCluskey and Site Scrap Recycling Ltd received the following sanctions:

  • Site Scrap Recycling Ltd - fine of £935, £92 victim surcharge, and £925 towards prosecution costs, total £1942
  • Billy McCluskey - £100 fine, victim surcharge £30, £100 costs, total £230.