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Skip owner punished for breaching storage regulations

A skip hire operator has admitted breaching his licence during a three-year period.

A prosecution was brought by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) against Calum Menzies following a number of site inspections extending back to 2010.

Menzies was also prosecuted for allowing others to deposit skips containing plastic guttering, wood, bathroom fittings and other associated waste on an area of land on Friarton Road in Perth.

He received a community payback order amounting to 260 hours in addition to a Restriction of Liberty Order, meaning he must not leave his house between 7pm and 7am for four months.

A representative from SEPA said: “By operating outside the bounds of the licence, Menzies has impacted unfairly on reputable waste operators in the area, while showing a complete disregard for the effect that the breach in regulations could have on the local environment.”

The defendant’s wife, Wendy Menzies, was fined £2,250 in 2012 after admitting she allowed waste to be burned illegally on the premises.

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