Company fined £10,500 for offensive odours

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A LANDFILL company has been fined after SEPA detected excessive odours at their site.

WRG (Waste Recycling Group) Waste Services Limited pled guilty at Airdrie Sheriff Court yesterday to breaching a condition of its Permit.

They had allowed offensive odours to become detectable by SEPA Officers beyond the boundaries of the landfill site at Greengairs between 7 November 2010 and 16 February 2011.

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The company’s fine was reduced because they pled guilty  Photo:Cezary p

The company was fined £14,000 which was discounted to £10,500 in light of its plea of guilty.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) had received a high number of complaints from members of the public complaining of offensive odour.

Residents of the town of Greengairs had described the smell as being akin to rotten eggs which had made them feel sick, impacted on their sleep and caused headaches.

Kate Fleming, specialist environment prosecutor, said: “Modern landfill sites are complex engineered structures which are subject to regulation designed to protect the environment.  The law understandably sets a high standard to guard against damage to our environment.

“WRG took the decision not to remedy a design flaw in part of the site and instead decided to use that part of the site and filled it with waste.  The people of Greengairs had to suffer significant discomfort over a prolonged period due to the failure of the company to remedy the problem at the site.

“A properly protected environment maximises enjoyment of our communities and improves quality of life.  Today’s conviction and sentence makes it clear that those who do not respect that protection will be brought to account for their actions.”

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