The owner of a skip hire company has been fined £15,000 for keeping waste on his site without the required licences or exemptions.
At Lanarkshire Sheriff Court, William Meikle admitted to keeping controlled waste on his site at Bankwood farm in Carnwath.
Meikle also admitted to failing to take all measures to prevent the escape of waste in his control, as the waste was burned at his site.
Between September 2008 and February 2012, Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) officers carried out site inspections at Bankwood Farm. They noted large quantities of waste being stored on the site, including building rubble, soil, foundary sand, demolition material and wood. They also noted paper, carpet, plasterboard and wood being burned on site.
More recent inspections of the site in June and November 2014 confirmed that the waste had been removed from the site.
Raymond McDermott, Sepa’s investigating officer, said: “Those individuals and businesses that don’t comply with legislation designed to protect the Scottish environment and the communities that live near them are operating at an advantage to others who do comply with legislation.
“Because he didn’t have the required exemptions and licences in place, Meikle didn’t have to meet the financial cost of ensuring his site was suitable and didn’t have to fund putting in measures that would be required to ensure compliance with a waste management licence. We are satisfied that in this case the waste has now been removed from the site.”