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Waste carrier handed £15,000 confiscation order

A landowner has been handed a £15,000 confiscation order for illegally storing household, commercial and industrial waste on land over a five-year period.

This follows a restriction of liberty order issued to Ernest McPherson in May last year, which required him to be at home between 9pm and 5am for six months.

He admitted keeping thousands of tonnes of controlled waste without a licence on land at Wester Cartmore Farm, Lochgelly between December 2006 and March 2012.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) investigated the matter before sending a report to the procurator fiscal.

Police Scotland and Sepa submitted a separate report, for the confiscation of any financial benefits McPherson had made by avoiding licence costs, to the crown office’s serious and organised crime division.

Sepa reporting officer, Neil Morrison said: “Sepa officers tried to work with McPherson over the years to bring the site into compliance with waste management legislation but this was never achieved.

“We want to work with individuals and companies to ensure they understand their environmental responsibilities and how to meet them. When this work does not result in compliance with waste legislation we will use all options available to us, including referring the case to the procurator fiscal.”

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