Fines for unauthorised waste offences

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A MALLUSK man was fined a total of £2,250 plus court costs of £37 at Laganside Magistrates Court in Belfast on January 10 for waste offences.

Mr Stephen Moran of Grange Lane, Mallusk admitted operating a Waste Transfer Station at an address on Seven Mile Straight, Crumlin, County Antrim as part of his skip hire business, A2B Skips, without planning permission or a waste management licence.

When officers from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency visited the site in July and August 2011, they found approximately 50 skips on the site, many of which contained controlled waste. A number of deposits of controlled waste were also found on the ground adjacent to the skips. Waste types found on the site included construction and demolition, ceramics, wood, metal, paper, window frames, glass, household waste, tyres, furniture, electrical equipment and carpet.

A Waste Transfer Station acts as a collection point for individual collections of waste, where the waste is sorted and bulked up before being moved or transported for further recycling or landfill.

The defendant was fined £750 per charge under the following Articles of the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997 - one charge under Article 4(1)(a), for the illegal deposit of waste; one charge under Article 4(1)(b), for the illegal keeping and treating of waste and one charge under Article 5(1)(c)(i), for duty of care offences.