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Scottish waste firm hit with record confiscation order

Oran Environmental Solutions Ltd has been ordered to pay more than £345,000 under the Proceeds of Crime Act after it repeatedly failed to clean up an illegal and pest-ridden dumping site.

A prosecution was brought by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) after receiving complaints in 2013 from residents near the firm’s Kilbagie Mill site in Alloa, Clackmanashire.

The company was storing a large quantity of mixed waste at the site, including food and drinks packaging, black bag waste and plastic packaging. Although the site was licensed, the waste overflowed on to non-licensed ground.

The dump was attracting vermin, flies and birds, but the company ignored Sepa’s demands to clean up the site.

Oran pleaded guilty to three charges relating to permit breaches and was fined a total of £12,000.

Following discussions between Sepa and the Procurator Fiscal, steps were made to recover profits made by the company while it was in breach of licence conditions.

The action was pursued because of the effect the offences had on the environment and the company’s “unco-operative nature”.

On 15 February, Oran was handed a confiscation order of £345,558.43, the largest such order in Scotland to date.

Sepa executive director Calum MacDonald said: “The confiscation order reflects the costs avoided by the company in undertaking these illegal activities, and is the result of close collaborative working arrangements between Sepa and the Crown Office.”

Oran Environmental Solutions has been in trouble with the law before. In August 2014 it was convicted of charges related to the operations of a waste transfer station in Falkirk.

It was found guilty at Falkirk Sheriff Court of “repeatedly breaching licence conditions” at the former Carron Works Waste Transfer Station between July and December 2012.

The charges related to failing to minimise the presence of insects, birds and vermin, and storing unsorted waste awaiting treatment beyond a licensed seven-day period.

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