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NI firms fined for waste offences

A dairy company and a building firm have been fined for infilling thousands of tonnes of construction and other waste in a field in Northern Ireland.

LacPatrick Dairies NI and Ballymena building company Martin and Hamilton were fined £4,500 and £2,000, respectively, at Coleraine Magistrates’ Court for infilling waste in a field adjacent to part of LacPatrick’s Coleraine site.

Officers from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency found that 5,651 tonnes of clay, construction and demolition waste, alongside plastics, metals and timber, has been disposed of between January 2014 and May 2015, without the proper authorisations, in a field at Creamery Road.

Both companies were fined under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Order) Northern Ireland 1997 directive.

LacPatrick was found guilty of one charge under Article 4(1)(b), relating to the deposit, treating, keeping and disposal of controlled waste for which it was fined £4,000. It also paid an offender’s levy of £15 and £34 court costs.

The company was also found guilty of one charge under Article 5(1)(a), for having control of the waste on the site that was unlawfully deposited by another.

Martin and Hamilton was found guilty of one charge under Article 4(1)(a), in relation to the unauthorised deposit of controlled waste, for which the building firm was fined £2,000 plus an offender’s levy of £15 and £34 court costs.

It subsequently cleared the waste they were responsible for from the site to the court’s satisfaction.

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