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Waste operator fined for ignoring duty of care

A waste management company has been fined £16,000 after allowing unlicensed contractors to transport and dispose of materials produced from a transfer station.

Glasgow-based CMI Demolition was prosecuted by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) at Airdrie Sheriff Court on 31 December, accused of failing to ensure the proper disposal of waste from their facility between March and June 2011.

The company was told that because it accepted responsibility and cooperation at an early date, the sentence was reduced from £24,000 to £16,000.

Sepa said the company, which operates a waste transfer station on Clydeholm Road, Glasgow, allowed unlicensed contractors from OTL Plant & Haulage to transport and dispose of materials.

Sepa was alerted to the breach in regulation following an investigation into waste dumped illegally at a site near Longriggend in North Lanarkshire. Documents salvaged from the stockpiles were traced to the original owners of the refuse, who identified CMI Demolition as their waste management provider.

The illegal activities at Longriggend did not directly involve CMI Demolition but it had a legal duty to carry out background checks, provide accurate waste transfer documentation and ensure waste produced from their transfer station was disposed of correctly.

Jennifer Shearer, reporting officer from Sepa, said: “It’s critically important that waste management companies ensure their contractors are fully licensed and credible operators to transport their waste materials.

“Providing business to unlicensed groups or individuals is not only illegal, it undercuts legitimate waste carriers and impacts on the wider industry as a whole.”

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