Haulage company fined £40,000 and director disqualified

Date published: 04 March 2019

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Waste management company, Thompson Site Services Ltd, was today fined a total of £40,000 at Antrim Magistrates' Court for a series of waste offences.

Its director Ian Thompson was also disqualified from being a company director for five years. In addition, driver Trevor Castles was fined £300.

On 7 June 2017, officers from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) stopped Trevor Castles, a driver for Thompson Site Services Ltd, transporting excavation waste to an unauthorised waste site adjacent to the Cairn Road in Carrickfergus. Mr Castles did not possess any of the required paperwork for the waste.

On 7 August 2017, officers from the PSNI observed another waste-laden lorry registered to Thompson Site Services Ltd depositing excavation waste at a site on the Lurgan Road, Glenavy. The site did not have a licence or exemption to keep waste.

Notes to editors: 

  1. The various parties were fined under the following Articles of the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997:
    Thompson Site Services Ltd - A fine of £40,000 for one charge under Article 4 (1)(a) for depositing controlled waste, or knowingly causing or knowingly permitting controlled waste to be deposited on any land except and under and in accordance with a waste management licence.
    Trevor Castles - A fine of £300 under Article 5 (1)(c)ii for failing to complete a written description of waste that would enable other persons to avoid a contravention of Article 4.
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