A Portadown waste management company was fined a total of £5,000 and was instructed to pay court costs of £1150.20 at Antrim Crown Court on Tuesday.
Portadown Recycling and Skip Hire Ltd, of Brownstown Business Park, Portadown pleaded guilty to a failure to prevent another person committing waste offences and failing to complete waste documentation in respect to the illegal disposal of recyclable plastic waste at a farm at 90 Moira Road, Nutts Corner, Crumlin, Co Antrim.
When officers from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) visited the site in November 2013, they found approximately 280 tonnes of commercially processed, and potentially recyclable, plastic waste partially buried in a trench on farmland. Further investigation found the waste - baled, loose and bags of shredded plastics - had originated from Portadown Recycling and Skip Hire Ltd.
The company paid an authorised waste carrier to dispose of the waste but admitted they did not know if the disposal site was authorised by the Department. The waste carrier then illegally deposited the waste on farmlands at 90 Moira Road, Crumlin.
Officers of the NIEA repeatedly invited the company to attend for interview under caution to give explanation in relation to these matters, however the company did not avail of these opportunities.