Blairgowrie man sentenced for keeping illegal landfill site

  27 March 2018

Alistair Roy, from Blairgowrie, was sentenced to a Community Payback Order to undertake 200 hours of unpaid work at Perth Sheriff Court on 26 March 2018.

From 1 May 2014 to 4 February 2016 at  an insecure site in Winterpark, by Marlee Mill, Blairgowrie, Mr Roy kept, illegally deposited and disposed of waste.  The waste was spread over an area of approximately 1,600 m2 or a quarter of a football pitch. The burned waste included waste electrical items and special waste (asbestos). The site was located in a conservation area with sites of special scientific interest in the vicinity.

Terry A’Hearn, SEPA’s Chief Executive, said:

“Every day SEPA works to protect and enhance the environment. We are clear that environmental compliance is non-negotiable. This is at the very core of our One Planet Prosperity Strategy. Businesses and organisations that do the right thing for the environment will be supported by SEPA, they’ll be helped to keep doing the right thing and do even better. Those that get it wrong will be held to account.

“Illegitimate landfill site operators undercut compliant operators by flouting the regulations which are designed to ensure the environment is protected. We are disappointed that the illegal storage of waste took place but we are pleased that Mr Roy has been held to account.

“We hope this outcome sends a strong message to everybody operating in Scotland. SEPA is here to make sure that action will be taken if you don’t pay attention to your environmental responsibilities. We encourage you to make sure you understand your obligations and carry out your environmental responsibilities in full compliance with the law.”