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Community order for unlicensed operator

A scrap dealer has been ordered to undertake 160 hours of unpaid work for operating an illegal site which contained vehicles and skips.

William Noble from Fife was told by the Kirkcaldy sheriff court that the work order had to be completed within nine months.

The court heard that officers from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) attended the site at the junction of Denburn Road and Smeaton Road on various occasions to assess compliance with the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Noble held no licence for the site. But the officers noted on their first visit in December 2014 that he kept on-site around 150 motor vehicles, four car transporters and 16 skips containing mixed wastes, tyres and metals.

An enforcement notice issued a month later ordered Noble to remove the materials from the site by 30 April 2015, but this was not obeyed. 

By August that year, the number of motor vehicles had fallen to 35 and there remained four car transporters, six skips of mixed wastes including green wastes, cardboard, wood, plastics, soils, rubber, textiles and metals and four skips of waste tyres.

Judith Moore, Sepa unit manager for the Fife area, said: “There was a significant risk of vermin at the site due to the presence of skips containing mixed household waste, and a risk of fires due to the presence of combustible material.

“The surrounding area including residential properties, the hospital and any businesses could have been affected by the smoke and plumes resulting from  fires at the site. 

“Despite Sepa having held discussions with Noble and taking enforcement action, he continued to illegally keep waste at the site. He has also undercut legitimate operators which have taken the steps necessary to store their waste properly.”

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