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Recycling company director jailed for six months

The director of a recycling company has been sentenced to six months in jail after illegally depositing, storing and treating controlled waste on a site without the required licences or exemptions.

North Lanarkshire businessman Joseph Cahill was sentenced to jail at Airdrie Sheriff Court and his company, STUD Recycling, was fined £12,000.

Cahill and the company pleded guilty on 25 October 2013.

The sentence was deferred to allow time for the operator to make arrangements for the waste to be removed from the site at Easter Dunsyston Farm, Airdrie.

Controlled waste included tyres, mattresses, metal drums and fuel tanks.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) inspected the site in February 2012 in response to two separate complaints from members of the public. Officers estimated that over 15,900 tyres were stored on site, well in excess of the 1,000 tyres permitted by the exemption provided under Waste Management Licensing Regulations.

Despite issuing warnings, in May 2012 SEPA officers still witnessed a large quantity of waste being stored on the site, including some 45,000 tyres.

SEPA served a notice on Cahill requiring him to remove the waste by 31 July.

Further visits by SEPA officers to Easter Dunsyston Farm in August and November found that the waste was still on site.

Andrew Taylor, investigating officer at SEPA, said: “Despite having no waste management licence and after numerous warnings and a statutory notice, Cahill and the company failed to heed SEPA’s advice on complying with the necessary regulations and continued to keep controlled waste on the site.”

Calum MacDonald, executive director at SEPA, said: “While levels of compliance in Scotland are improving, there remains a minority group of operators who continue to ignore the required procedures for the management of controlled waste.

“This case sends a strong message out to these operators of the potential repercussions for failing to adhere with these procedures.”

Another recycling firm director, Luke Barker has been sentenced to serve an eight-month prison term because a fire at his firm’s wood recycling site caused pollution of a nearby canal.

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