Businessman Fined £34,000 For Waste Tyre Recycling Offences

new SEPA logo (master)James McHale, a procurement director, was fined £34,000 on Friday (2 December) at Falkirk Sheriff Court for offences related to the recycling of waste tyres across sites in Grangemouth, Alloa, Dundee, Fife and Huntly.

James McHale, then trading as McIntyres, pleaded guilty to:

  • Exceeding the maximum permitted storage height for tyres, failing to install fire resistant walls, storing a quantity of tyres without the authority of a waste management licence, and keeping tyres on site for a period exceeding three months at B Shed, Forest Products Terminal in Grangemouth.
  • Keeping in excess of 15,000 end of life tyres at a site at Kelliebank Industrial Estate in Alloa.
  • Keeping in excess of 1,000 tyres and burned tyre residue at Baldovie Industrial Estate in Dundee.
  • Keeping in excess of 1,180 loose tyres and in excess of 14,340 baled tyres at Crossroads Garage in Huntly.
  • Keeping in excess of 6,900 tyres at M90 Commerce Park in Lathalmond in Fife.

The matter was investigated by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and reported to the Procurator Fiscal.

SEPA regulates the sites at Grangemouth, Alloa, Dundee, Lathalmond and Huntly using a mixture of different regulation and enforcement measures ranging from a full Waste Management Licence to registered exemptions which restrict activities via strict thresholds.

Persistent breaches of Waste Management Licences and registered exemptions have occurred at each of these sites between 26 September 2013 through to 8 August 2014. SEPA served various formal enforcement notices in order to address these breaches, however these notices were not complied with.

“By illegally stockpiling tyres James McHale has also gained financially by being able to undercut legitimate waste tyre collection businesses.”

Kath McDowall, Unit Manager for the Falkirk and Stirling investigating team, said: “The illegal storage of large numbers of tyres at the sites operated by James McHale present a significant risk to the environment and community due to the risk of fire.

“James McHale has persistently undermined the regulatory regime, and SEPA has had to invest considerable resources into investigating these offences across Scotland.

“By illegally stockpiling tyres James McHale has also gained financially by being able to undercut legitimate waste tyre collection businesses.

“It is important to remember that we must all remain vigilant as criminal activities associated with waste tyres are such that problem tyre sites can establish themselves very quickly. We would urge anyone who has a concern regarding tyre disposal, or sites where they have seen significant numbers of tyres, to contact SEPA’s Pollution Hotline on 0800 80 70 60.”

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