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Mayobridge company fined £15,000 for waste offences

Monday, 19 October 2009

A Co Down recycling firm was today fined £15,000, plus court costs of £31, at Newry Magistrates’ Court for breaches of waste management legislation.

McAteer Recycling Ltd, of Cullion Road, Mayobridge, was found guilty and fined £7,500 on each of two charges.

Officers from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (formerly the Environment and Heritage Service) visited McAteer Recycling’s Cullion Road site on 14 May 2008, where they found skips full of cardboard, household, construction and demolition and green wastes.

Skips containing a range of waste were on site during a further visit on 2 July 2008, where there was also evidence of burning. The site had neither planning permission, nor a waste management licence or exemption.

Notes to editors:

1. McAteer Recycling was fined one charge under each of the following Articles of The Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order:

i) £7,500 under Article 4(1)(a), depositing of controlled waste in or on land unless a waste management licence authorising the deposit is in force and the deposit is in accordance with the licence.

ii) £7,500 under Article 4(1)(c), treating, keeping or treating, keeping or disposing of controlled waste in a manner likely to cause pollution of the environment or harm to human health.

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