£16,000 for breach of waste duty

2nd February 2015


Allowing unlicensed contractors to transport and dispose of waste produced by its transfer station over a four-month period in 2011 has cost CMI Demolition cost £16,000 in fines.

Allowing unlicensed contractors to transport and dispose of waste produced by its transfer station over a four-month period in 2011 has cost CMI Demolition cost £16,000 in fines.

The Environmental Protection Act 1990 requires waste management companies to ensure that all operators who transport waste on their behalf are licensed as legitimate carriers by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa). Producers must also complete waste transfer notes (WTNs), detailing the type of waste, where the materials are being taken to, and the name of the firm transporting them. Sepa officers investigating illegally dumped waste traced the original owners of the refuse, who identified Glasgow-based CMI Demolition as their waste management provider.

Although the company was not responsible for the dumping, it was liable for failing to carry out adequate background checks, being unable to provide accurate WTNs and for ensuring waste produced from its transfer station was disposed of correctly. Due to early acceptance of responsibility and cooperation by CMI Demolition, Airdrie Sheriff Court reduced the penalty from £24,000 to £16,000.


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