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NI waste operator gets suspended prison sentence

A waste site owner in Northern Ireland has been given a suspended prison sentence for waste offences.

At Dungannon Crown Court, Stephen Harron from Enniskillen pleaded guilty to four charges relating to the illegal deposit and keeping of controlled waste. He was given a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, for each charge.

Northern Ireland Environment Agency officers investigated Harron’s site on Arney Road, Skea, where more than 19,000 tonnes of mixed domestic and commercial waste was deposited and kept without a waste management licence.

The waste included plastics, food packaging, carpet fragments, wood, glass, metal fragments, wires and insulation foam.

Harron pleaded guilty to:

  • One charge under Article 4(1)(a) of The Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, relating to the illegal deposit of controlled waste
  • Three charges under Article 4(1)(b) of The Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, relating to the illegal keeping of controlled waste

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