An Ayrshire tyre recycling company has been fined £27,000 with a £44,711 confiscation order, and a manager ordered to carry out 300 hours of unpaid community work, for offences involving waste tyres.
Autowaste Services Scotland and manager Stephen Gillies pleaded guilty at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court to depositing, keeping, sorting and baling waste tyres without a waste management licence at its site in Irvine, and failing remove these when required by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa), which brought the prosecution.
Sepa chief executive Terry A’Hearn said: “This is the sort of tough action we need to be seen taking against these sorts of operators who have no regard for Scotland’s environment.”
Officers from Sepa visited the site 18 times between October 2014 and October 2015 after they discovered that many more waste tyres were being kept than allowed under its registered waste exemption. By October 2015 there were more than 46,000 old tyres at the site.
Sepa said the company and its management “were fully aware that it contravened environmental legislation in permitting waste tyres to be deposited, kept and baled at the site”.