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Directors given community payback order over illegal waste

The two owners of a former waste management company both been given a community payback order for illegally storing waste.

Michael Craig Hope and James Bruce Winters, former directors of First Option Services in Fife, pleaded guilty to keeping 3,500 tonnes of carpets and 3,500 tonnes of plasterboard in a way that was likely to cause pollution or harm public health.

Dunfermline sheriff court

Dunfermline sheriff court

The order imposed at Dunfermline Sheriff Court (pictured) requires each to do 150 hours of unpaid work or activity within nine months.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) said it reported the case to the procurator fiscal following repeated efforts to have wastes removed.

It said its officers inspected the site and attempted to get the waste cleared through discussions, letters, final warning letters and enforcement notices. To date these wastes were still on-site.

Operations on the site ceased in July 2012 with Sepa investigating officer Kate Bayne suggesting it has been “abandoned, leaving all wastes present”.

She added: “There are other businesses on the site, including the Scottish Vintage Bus Museum, users of which drive past the decomposing carpets and plasterboard.

“Some of these users have complained of odours coming from the site as they pass.”

The exact charge that Hope and Winters admitted to was contrary to the Environmental Protection Act 1990, Section 33(1)(c) and (6).

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