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Fine for 'complete disregard' of disposal laws

An Aberdeenshire man has been fined £11,250 for waste disposal offences.

Brian Watson had previously pled guilty at Aberdeen Sheriff Court to allowing several thousand tonnes of controlled waste to be deposited on his land and failing to remove it, breaching sections 33(1) (a) and 59(1) (a) and (5) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. 

The offences occurred during 2011 at Coneyhatch Farm, near Stonehaven.

Watson trades as E Watson and Son in groundwork, plant hire, haulage, skip hire, site clearances and tipper hire. 

The offending waste included plastics, metal, wood, paint tins, tyres, electrical equipment, demolition waste, general waste and green waste. 

In September 2011, the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency required him to clear the waste up. Instead, more was deposited.

Procurator fiscal, wildlife and environment, Craig Harris, said: “Brian Watson repeatedly failed to adhere to the requests of the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency to meet the legal standards required of him. He allowed thousands of tonnes of waste to be dumped at his site. 

“(He) has been brought to justice for his complete disregard of his duty towards the environment.”

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