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Waste haulier sentenced over duty of care

A haulier from Northern Ireland has been given a suspended prison sentence for dumping plastic waste illegally.

Nigel Irwin, of Cameron Contracts in Crumlin, was fined £4,500 and handed a three-month jail term, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to pay costs of £1,150.20.

Portadown Recycling and Skip Hire Ltd was also fined £5,000 with £1,150.20 costs for failing to prevent Irwin from committing the offences.

Irwin pleaded guilty at Antrim Crown Court to failing to provide information to the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) and failing to complete duty of care waste documentation.

NIEA officers found approximately 280 tonnes of recyclable plastic partially buried in a trench on farmland at Moira Road, Crumlin, when they visited the site in November 2013.

Officers found Irwin had taken the materials from an authorised waste management company and brought it to the site where he paid the farmer to dispose of it. The farmer had been previously convicted for the illegal disposal of waste on the same land.

Irwin, a registered waste carrier with the NIEA since March 2013, was prosecuted under the Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997.

Portadown Recycling and Skip Hire admitted failing to prevent another person committing waste offences and failing to complete waste documentation over the illegal disposal of recyclable plastic waste.

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