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Glasgow waste operator fined for licence breaches

A Glasgow waste operator has been fined for consistently breaching the conditions of a waste management licence.

DC Skips director Cornelius Boyle was fined £550 for three offences between June 2012 and July 2013 at his Castlemilk site while it was being used as a waste transfer station.

The charges include exceeding the 800-tonne waste limit for the site, failing to remove waste from the site within the required timescales of the licence, and keeping waste in a manner likely to cause pollution of the environment or harm to human health.

Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) officers first discovered that DC Skips was operating the Drakemire Drive site without a waste management licence in July 2009.

A licence was granted in January 2010, but subsequent inspections found the overall condition of the site continually failed to meet the standards required so Sepa submitted a report to the Procurator Fiscal.

Sepa’s reporting officer said: “The operator could have taken simple measures to avoid the site becoming non–compliant but failed to do so. Such a clear lack of respect for the environment left Sepa with no option other than to pursue criminal prosecution.”

In an unrelated case, Northern-Ireland based Rathmor Motors boss Patrick Joseph McLaughlin was fined £1,000 at Londonderry Magistrates’ Court for breaches of waste management legislation.

Officers from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency investigated his site (pictured), at Heather Road, Londonderry. The industrial site held approximately 100 scrap cars and vans, some of which had been partly or fully dismantled.

McLaughlin admitted two offences related to the deposit and treatment of controlled waste.

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