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Businessman fined for tyre offences

A procurement director has been fined £34,000 for tyre recycling offences at a number of locations in Scotland.

James McHale appeared at Falkirk Sheriff Court over offences related to sites in Grangemouth, Alloa, Dundee, Fife and Huntly.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) said persistent breaches of waste management licences and registered exemptions occurred at each of these sites between September 2013 and August 2014.

Sepa served various formal enforcement notices in order to address these breaches, but the notices were not complied with and the matter was reported to the Procurator Fiscal.

Trading as McIntyres, McHale pleaded guilty to:

  • exceeding the maximum permitted storage height for tyres, failing to install fire resistant walls, storing a quantity of tyres without the authority of a waste management licence, and keeping tyres on site for a period exceeding three months at B Shed, Forest Products Terminal in Grangemouth
  • keeping in excess of 15,000 end of life tyres at a site at Kelliebank Industrial Estate in Alloa
  • keeping in excess of 1,000 tyres and burned tyre residue at Baldovie Industrial Estate in Dundee
  • kKeeping in excess of 1,180 loose tyres and in excess of 14,340 baled tyres at Crossroads Garage in Huntly
  • keeping in excess of 6,900 tyres at M90 Commerce Park in Lathalmond in Fife

Kath McDowall, unit manager for the Falkirk and Stirling investigating team, said McHale’s illegal storage of tyres was a fire risk.

“McHale has persistently undermined the regulatory regime and Sepa has had to invest considerable resources into investigating these offences across Scotland. By illegally stockpiling tyres he also gained financially by being able to undercut legitimate waste tyre collection businesses.

“It is important to remember that we must all remain vigilant as criminal activities associated with waste tyres are such that problem tyre sites can establish themselves very quickly.”

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