Newtownabbey man given 200 hours community service for waste offences

Date published: 09 April 2019

Arthur Magill (53) of 31 Sallybush Road, Newtownabbey was today sentenced to 200 hours community service at Belfast Magistrates Court for breaches of waste management legislation.

On dates between 18 November 2015 and 20 September 2017, officers from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) identified that the defendant was unlawfully keeping and burning controlled waste on his premises. This waste included scrap metal, skip waste, construction and demolition waste. Arthur Magill pleaded guilty to eight offences under Articles 4(1)(b) and 4(1)(c) of the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997. He received 200 hours community service per offence, to run concurrently. The site did not have a licence and Arthur Magill 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 31 Sallybush Road, Newtownabbey, County Antrim, BT36 4TS and consisted of scrap metal, skip waste (insulation board, polystyrene, cardboard and plastics), construction and demolition waste (red brick, concrete and stone).  
  2. Offences: Article 4(1)(b) relates 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 license.  Article 4(1)(c) relates to: the treating, keeping or disposal of controlled waste in a manner likely to cause pollution of the environment or harm to human health. 
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