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Recycling boss Joseph Cahill jailed over illegal waste

The director of a recycling company has been jailed for six months after tonnes of mattresses and tyres were dumped at a farm in North Lanarkshire.

Joseph Cahill and Stud Recycling admitted the illegal handling of controlled waste at Easter Dunyston Farm, Airdrie, without a licence.

The offences happened between 14 February and 20 November 2012.

Airdrie Sheriff Court heard that there were about 45,000 tyres on the site. Stud Recycling was also fined £12,000.

The court heard that Cahill and the firm were prosecuted following numerous attempts by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) to bring the company into compliance with environmental legislation.

'Blatant disregard'

Cahill had made no attempt to obtain a licence and failed to clear the site of the waste when required to do so by Sepa.

Procurator fiscal Sara Shaw said: "This company, under the direction of Cahill, was operating illegally on a site that they had refused to make fit for purpose at the expense of, and with significant risk to, the local environment.

"They kept waste tyres in fields creating an eyesore and without any licence to do so. The failure to stop depositing tyres and to make the site secure when required by the authorities emphasises their blatant disregard for the law.

"Criminals who breach our environmental laws in this way can fully expect to be brought to account for their illegal actions."

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