Community order for waste offences
Glasgow Sheriff Court has ordered a company director to undertake 135 hours of unpaid work in the community for a series of waste offences
The penalty was imposed on John Baird, director at South Lanarkshire construction company Oaktay, after he pleaded guilty to illegally disposing of controlled waste.
The court heard that construction waste, including soils, timber, plastics, aggregate, gloves, glass, brick and fencing, was dumped on land adjacent to a new building being constructed by Oaktay.
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) sent Baird a notice to remove the waste within 21 days, but he failed to meet the regulator’s deadline.
Commenting on the case, Sepa officer Ed Turner said that Baird had been the recipient of a final warning letter, as well as having verbal discussions with agency officers in person and over the phone.
“He was made aware of his obligations and was given ample time to remove the waste. However, he had shown no inclination to work with us,” confirmed Turner.
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