Tayside and Central Scotland

Recycling firm ordered to pay £345,558 for environmental offences

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Image caption Numerous complaints were made about pest control at the facility

An Alloa-based waste recycling company has been given a £345,558 confiscation order, the largest for environmental offences in Scotland.

Oran Environmental Solutions (OES) Ltd was also fined £12,000 for separate waste-related offences.

The firm failed to remove waste materials from its Kilbagie Mill site and did not carry out adequate pest control measures at the facility.

It also stored controlled waste on land not covered by a licence.

The order was given for licence breaches which resulted in the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) receiving numerous complaints from local residents during 2013 regarding pest control at the facility, including the increased presence of vermin, flies and birds.

'Illegal activities'

Sepa said that during inspections that year, it found the firm using an unlicensed area to store additional waste.

The main site was at capacity and existing stockpiles were being kept outwith the boundaries of the licensed site.

Sepa served two enforcement notices, requiring OES Ltd to stop accepting waste and remove the backlog of stockpiled waste.

As a result of non-compliance, Sepa partially suspended the site's waste management licence to prohibit the acceptance of more waste.

Further enforcement action was also taken to ensure that waste on unlicensed areas of the site was removed.

Calum MacDonald, Sepa's executive director, said: "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.

"Compliance within the waste industry is non-negotiable and we will continue to take effective and proportionate action as required to tackle non-compliant waste operators.

"The confiscation order reflects the costs avoided by the company in undertaking these illegal activities and is the result of close collaborative working arrangements between Sepa and the Crown Office."

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