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Belfast man convicted of waste offences

A man in Northern Ireland has been fined £900 for breaches of waste management legislation.

Belfast resident Bruce Duncan was sentenced at Laganside Magistrates’ Court after pleading guilty to three waste charges under tThe Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997.

The charges related to the deposit, treating, keeping and disposal of controlled waste without a waste management licence.

On 5 April, officers from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) visited a site operated by Duncan on Ballygowan Road, Ballygowan, where they saw plastics, cardboard and paper being shredded and baled.

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (Daera) reported that a small amount of scrap metal and furniture was also on-site.

According to Daera, Duncan stated that he operated the site and collected dry recyclables such as those found on the site.

He then baled the material and moved it to other sites which were authorised to accept waste. His site did not have a licence or exemption from the NIEA to keep or treat controlled waste.

His previous exemption to store and treat waste and his licence to transport waste had expired a number of years ago.

Duncan was fined £300 under Article 4(1)(a) of the Waste Order and £300 for each of two Article 4(1)(b)s of the Waste Order.

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