Subsidiary of Scottish Water pleads guilty to pollution breaches

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£26,000 fine handed out to Scottish Water Horizons for breaching five pollution regulations which led to ‘offensive odours’

A North Lanarkshire recycling plant has been fined £26,000, after pleading guilty to five pollution regulation breaches.

Scottish Water Horizons, who are a subsidiary of Scottish Water, were handed the fine, after failing to deal with ‘offensive odours’, which were coming from their Deerdykes Composting and Organics Recycling plant.

Firm prosecuted for persistent odour issues

Deerdykes Composting and Organics Recycling plant pictured here

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa), started an investigation at the plant in June 2012, after residents complained about bad smells coming from the site.

When officers from Sepa visited the plant, they discovered that waste which was left to compost outside was causing the bad smell and that some of the equipment at the plant, which was for treating odorous air, was not working properly.

In 2013, their permit was transferred to its parent company and since the investigation began, huge improvements have been made at the recycling facility.

Sepa said that they would not hestiate to prosecute any company that fails to adhere to the conditions of their permit and the fine given to Scottish Water Horizons shows how serious they are.

“The local communities in Condorrat, Cumbernauld, Mollinsburn and Moodiesburn, and a neighbouring soft play area, were regularly and severely impacted by the activities of the Deerdykes site over a prolonged period of time,” said Sepa’s reporting officer, Fiona Graham.

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