Midlands waste company placed into administration

Southam-based waste management company County Waste Limited has been placed in administration, with administrators seeking anyone who has had dealings with the company in the past year.

The company, which was formerly known as County Waste Recycling Limited, specialized in waste management and skip hire, operating across Warwickshire, Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire and employing around 20 members of staff.

Though the firm’s latest accounts suggest it turned over almost £4 million last year, the administrators say that it does not seem to have been operating since February.

The company was accused of breaching planning and environmental permit conditions by Warwickshire County Council and the Environment Agency (EA) last year, resulting in the site being served a suspension notice preventing waste from being accepted onto the site. Though the suspension notice was lifted after the company reduced waste levels to comply with it, the EA warned in November that the company would have to make further improvements regarding dust, or face further enforcement notices.

Joint Administrator Matthew Hardy
Matthew Hardy and Andrew Turpin of Poppleton & Appleby have been appointed Joint Administrators over the company’s affairs.

Hardy, who was appointed after a court hearing regarding the affairs of the company, said: “This is a complicated case. It appears that the company effectively ceased trading in February and there is limited access to its books and records.

“It was a company which operated across the wider Midlands area and we are currently working through the information that we do have to obtain a clearer picture of the financial position.

“We have heard from some former employees and some creditors but we are keen to hear from anyone who has had dealings with the company, particularly in the last 12 months.

“That will ensure that the full financial position can be established and that we are fully aware of anyone who may be owed money by the company.”