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Two Scottish waste firms fined following Sepa investigations

The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (Sepa) has announced two prosecutions of waste companies, with fines totalling nearly £50,000.

Strathblane firm Muirhouse Landfill was fined £37,000 at Stirling Sheriff Court on 8 May after landfilling inappropriate waste at its site for more than two and a half years.

In 2009 Sepa received a complaint about the type of waste being dumped at the site. Officers found timber, plastics and polystyrene, which the site was not licensed to accept.

The company pleaded guilty to two charges of failing to comply with six separate conditions of its permit, one of which was that the site could be used only for landfilling inert waste.

The second prosecution involved Cumbernauld-based Dow Waste Management. The company, which trades as Dow Group Limited, was fined £12,000 for failing in its Duty of Care.

The firm pleaded guilty to failing to properly describe its waste when completing waste transfer notes and failing to have a system in place to identify problems.

A report on both companies was sent to the Procurator Fiscal by Sepa.

Anne Anderson, Sepa chief officer, said: “We are committed to cracking down on waste criminals. With the site receiving inappropriate wastes, it is right that Muirhouse Landfill was fined £37,000.

“This type of criminality has a serious impact on the local environment, legitimate waste operators and the local community as well as the public purse in lost landfill tax revenue.

“It is also encouraging that Dow Waste Management was fined £12,000 for on occasions failing to properly identify and describe its waste, which made it more difficult for people dealing with those wastes further down the line to satisfy themselves that they could accept it.

“Sepa staff worked hard to bring the perpetrators to justice and these sentences recognise that significant effort.”

The latest figures mean a new total of six Sepa-led waste crime prosecutions in the past 12 months resulting in £120,000 fines, £47,211 in Confiscation Orders and five Community Payback Orders totalling 1,150 hours.

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