County Down man fined £2,000 for waste offences

Date published: 07 June 2021

County Down man Brendan Small (48) of Flush Road, Newcastle, was today fined a total of £2,000 (plus a £15 offender’s levy) at Downpatrick Magistrates’ Court for breaches of waste management legislation.

Northern Ireland Environment Agency officers investigated a site on Flush Road, Newcastle, from September 2018 to February 2019, where they found large quantities of construction and demolition (C&D) waste, high value scrap metal and waste being burned.  Further site inspection showed the C&D waste had been crushed using an industrial crusher. No permits or licences were in place at the time of investigation to permit these activities. 

Mr Small was interviewed under caution and admitted to crushing the waste and depositing the scrap metal on site.  He now has a permit for the crusher.

Notes to editors: 

1, The controlled waste found on land at Flush Road consisted of construction and demolition waste and high value scrap metal. Brendan Small pleaded guilty to the offences and was fined £1,000 under each of the following Articles of the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997:

  • Article 4 (1) (a), related to the unauthorised deposit of controlled waste on lands at Flush Road Newcastle. 
  • Article 4 (1) (b) related to the unauthorised treatment of controlled waste on lands at Flush Road Newcastle. 

2. Mr Small was also fined a £15 offender’s levy.

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