Newtownabbey man fined for waste offences

Date published: 14 November 2017

A 51-year-old Newtownabbey man was today fined £6,500 for a number of waste offences.

Arthur Magill of Sallybush Road was convicted at Belfast Magistrates’ Court for six breaches of waste management legislation and was fined £6,500 (plus court costs of £116 and an offender levy of £15).

Between December 2014 and November 2015, officers from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) discovered that the defendant was unlawfully keeping and treating waste metal, skip waste, and construction and demolition waste on his premises.

He pleaded guilty to all offences. The site did not have a licence and the defendant was not authorised by the NIEA to store, keep or treat controlled waste.    

Notes to editors: 

  1. The controlled waste found on land adjacent to Mr Magill’s Sallybush Road site consisted of scrap metal, skip waste (insulation board, polystyrene, cardboard and plastics), construction and demolition waste (red brick, concrete and stone).   
  2. Mr Magill pleaded guilty to five offences under Article 4(1)(b) of the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, in relation to: the deposit, the treating, keeping and disposal of controlled waste, or knowingly causing or knowingly permitting controlled waste to be treated, kept or disposed of in or on any land except under and in accordance with a waste management licence. He was also found guilty of failing to comply with an Article 27 notice requiring clearance of his land.
  3. Mr Magill has been given six months to pay.
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