A recycling firm has to pay almost £350k after pleading guilty to environmental breaches
A Scottish recycling firm has been hit with a record-breaking confiscation order of almost £350,000 after it was prosecuted for breaching environmental regulations by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).
In 2013, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) carried out an inspection at the Oran Environmental Solutions (OES) Ltd site, based in Kilbagie Mill, after local residents complained to the agency due to an increase in the presence of pests in the surrounding area, including vermin, flies and birds.
SEPA found that OES Ltd was operating its recycling business on a section of land which was not covered by a waste management license. The section of land which was covered with a waste management permit was backlogged to its limit with unsorted rubbish.
The recycling firm was sent two compliance notices from SEPA, informing the owners that they must remove the pile-up of waste from the site and improve its pest control policy. OES Ltd ignored the compliances notices and no attempt was made to improve the site’s operations, at which point, SEPA banned any further waste management activity at the recycling site.
SEPA went before the Procurator Fiscal with a case against OES Ltd, which pled guilty to the environmental offences on February 15 and was ordered to pay £345,558.43 under the Proceed of Crime Act (POCA) and a £12,000 additional fine related waste license breaches.
Calum MacDonald, the Executive Director at SEPA, commented: “This sends out a clear and unequivocal message that environmental crime will not be tolerated and that SEPA will, with its partners, pursue those who seek to profit from waste crime.”
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