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Scotland waste burning penalty

The licence holder of a Perth waste management company has been handed a £2,250 fine after admitting she allowed waste to be burned illegally on the premises.

A prosecution was brought by the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) against Wendy Menzies, the waste management licence holder for Fair City Skips, after officers spotted a fire at the site in Friarton Business Park.

The officers, who saw the fire while driving past on the nearby motorway in May 2011, conducted an investigation a few days later and found more waste – estimated to total one tonne – being burned.

Investigating officer James Ferguson said: “Prior to the commission of these offences the licence holder had been reminded by SEPA on numerous occasions of the terms of her waste management licence.

“Additionally prior to the 18 May 2011 a meeting had taken place between SEPA and the licence holder to discuss regulatory and enforcement issues at the Fair City Skips site.”

Menzies pleaded guilty on two counts of breaching her licence conditions at Perth Sheriff Court on 24 September.

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