Waste disposer repealed by claims | REGION8

Published: 11-05-2022 9:05. Updated: 11-05-2022 9:26

Dark clouds hang over the waste treatment company Ter Horst, now that the province wants to withdraw the permits due to a ‘high risk that they will be misused for criminal activities’. It is a hard blow for the thriving waste company, which made a profit of six million euros in 2020.

When the owner Guido Ter Horst drives over the Ter Horst plot in Varsseveld, he shows one new building after another. The waste company is doing well, industrial halls have been added in recent years, innovation has taken place and a significant profit has been achieved. The text for the province is with Guido and niece Sandra ter Horst has gone completely wrong. The two together form the board of the family business. “It really does not happen here at all,” Guido says. “The future will show, but that text really shocked us. Especially that someone from the province says it. We think that’s really shocking,” Guido said. They are saddened by the comment. “We are really surprised, we thought we had good contacts with the province,” adds Sandra.

The province comes to the conclusion that there is a risk of criminal activity after a Bibob investigation. This is a special law whereby governments can request an investigation to prevent a license from being used for criminal purposes. What exactly it is about is still unclear. The company, an employee and Guido Ter Horst were last year convicted of forgery, after which they appealed. But whether that is the reason for the withdrawal of the permit? No one to say it.

‘It’s a criminal offense’

Bibob research is strictly confidential: quoting or sharing information is punishable by law. Guido and Sandra ter Horst know that too. They are very careful in their office in Varsseveld. When asked whether it has to do with the verdict, whether they were aware of it, and what permits it is exactly about, the answer is unequivocal: We can / can not say anything about it. “It’s a criminal offense, isn’t it? We really can not say anything about it,” Sandra explains. “I really want to, but it’s really not allowed. I hope we’re here again next year and then can open things up,” Guido said.

New permit
The background for this study is a new permit, applied for by Ter Horst. That should make it a little clearer. According to the province, this was necessary after the big fire in 2018 and a large-scale inspection of the company the same year. The permits were unclear. This gave rise to discussion with the province. “After the big overhaul, we went into dialogue,” Guido explains. “We were in conflict with each other at the time, but it was rectified fairly quickly. Then we started working on a new permit because the province wanted it to be. Becomes clearer, I understand that well, it was difficult to maintain.”

Good cooperation
That process should lead to one big permit. But if it’s up to the province, it does not come at all. “We have done everything on our side, investigated everything. The province and the municipality (Oude IJsselstreek, ed.) Have collaborated really well on this. So what has happened now, it struck us raw.” In an initial statement, the company already said that the province of Gelderland, according to them, does not take sufficient account of the fact that a lawsuit is still pending. It’s all about the criminal case for forgery.

The company, an employee and Guido ter Horst were convicted last year. They have allegedly messed with purchase receipts, but they disagree in Varsseveld, so they appealed. “We think the appeal should have been awaited, but it has not happened,” Guido explains. They do not want to say too much about why they do not agree with the statement. The company’s lawyer believes it should be fought in court, and not in the media.

‘Staff Ter Horst is shocked’

The intention of the province means a lot to the family and staff of the company. “The staff are shocked. We are also very combative, not only for ourselves but also for the environment and the staff. It is also really annoying for them to have to defend themselves on a birthday. It means something to us,” says Sandra. “We employ two hundred people and employ fifty people. 250 people work here, we have sixteen thousand customers. You can not just delete it from the card,” adds Guido. Does he think the province does? “I think with the last article and that they blame us for crime, that they go very far, yes.”

Collection permit
What exactly are the consequences if the permits are revoked? They do not really bother to talk about it. “Then the logistics will change for us. Not for our customers; we will still have a collection permit.” This means that Ter Horst can continue to collect waste, but can no longer store it if the permits are actually revoked. It is currently an intention of the province that the business can now continue as normal. “And we may not know how things will continue for two or three years,” Guido says.

‘It is very annoying that we are being hampered so much’
Sandra and Guido Ter Horst have been on the board for about five years now. They emphasize that they are truly modernizing. “We have been working on the permits, metals are under roof, the waste is inside, by the end of the week there will be almost no waste here,” Guido sums up. “We are monitoring the temperatures to prevent fires. No violations have been found,” Sandra adds.

‘Young generation’
Guido: “Do you know what I think is difficult? As a young generation, we are building the company. But all these things are from before 2018. I think it is very unfortunate that we are so hampered and put away in this way.” We are working to make it a much better company. You try so hard, there are no violations, and then you are thrown out. “

Inquiries to the province of Gelderland show that there have actually been violations in recent years. The company again says that ‘the permit is unclear on points and raises the necessary questions and differences of interpretation. That’s what these minor incidents are about. But as far as possible, these are always resolved in close consultation ‘.

Case with the tax authorities
According to Guido, there are all cases from before 2018. In addition to the Bibob procedure and the criminal case, there is something else going on. An additional tax estimate of several million from the tax authorities. This is 2013. The company has objected to this further assessment. In a previous hearing, the judge reprimanded the IRS for failing to hand over the full case. The family’s lawyer says “they are facing a further lawsuit with confidence.”

Back to the plans; because Ter Horst wants to modernize. In the permit that now lies in front of you, it will also be demolished where it started: the house and the old barn on Kloosterstraat. The idea is that the trucks no longer drive backwards, which causes noise nuisance, but drives straight out onto the site.

New plans, but will they continue?
People live in the fairly immediate vicinity behind. “With these new plans, transportation movements and noise at the back would be much less,” Guido says. Will those plans be implemented? It all depends on whether the province goes through with its intention to revoke the permits. The company has several weeks to complain. The appeal in the criminal case is also still pending, but it is not yet known when that case will be processed.

Guido and Sandra ter Horst are combative, but they are not in the ring with boxing gloves. “We are not opponents of the province. They have an intention, now we can tell our story. We really want to keep in touch,” Sandra said. At the same time, they have previously indicated that they would go to the Council of State if necessary to get the province’s intention off the table.

Photo: Omroep Gelderland

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