Fife man given Community Payback Order after being caught fly-tipping asbestos waste on CCTV

date02 August 2017

Fife man, Graeme Arnott Burt was given a Community Payback Order, to undertake 250 hours unpaid work, at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court yesterday (1 August) for fly-tipping asbestos waste on land within Aberhill Industrial Estate, Methil.

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Mr Burt pled guilty to depositing corrugated asbestos cement sheeting on land in the industrial estate, without the authority of a waste management licence, on 13 June 2016.

The fly-tipping event was caught on CCTV cameras located around the Industrial Estate. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) was notified of the incident by Police Scotland and took the investigation forward.

Kerryn Sievewright, SEPA’s Reporting Officer, said:

Mr Burt acted deliberately when he fly-tipped this waste. Illegal dumping is a blight on all our lives. Everyone must take responsibility for their rubbish, and with so many options available, there is absolutely no excuse for fly-tipping. Fly-tipping is unsightly and costly to clean up, and in this particular case the type of waste which was fly-tipped was of particular concern.

“Asbestos is classed as a hazardous waste and there are strict controls in place for its safe disposal at appropriately licensed facilities. Mr Burt saved £246 on not having the asbestos disposed of legally. We will not tolerate fly-tipping and we hope this ruling will serve as a warning to others.”

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Notes to editors

The exact charge which Graeme Arnott Burt pled guilty to was:

001) on 13th June 2016 in or on land at Aberhill Industrial Estate, Methil, Fife you GRAEME BURT did deposit controlled waste, namely corrugated asbestos cement sheeting on or in said land without the authority of a waste management licence; CONTRARY to the Environmental Protection Act 1990, Section 33(1)(a)&(6) as amended