Fine for unlicensed waste disposal

A man from Larne in Northern Ireland has been convicted of allowing unlicensed waste to be disposed of on his land.

Larne Magistrates' Court imposed a £1,000 fine on David Lusk McCammon after he pleaded guilty to offences under the Waste and Contaminated Land Order 1997.

Officers from the Environment and Heritage Service visited his land in June 2006 and found large amounts of demolition waste including concrete, wood, stones and metal.

Separately, a Strabane District councillor has accused taxpayers of causing rate increases because of their reluctance to recycle.

Gerard Foley told the Belfast Telegraph: "Quite simply, it's costing us a fortune to send all the black bin rubbish to landfill sites.

"These costs have risen 2,000% since 1997 and in 2008/09 almost £2.5m of our budget goes towards the costs of managing our district's waste.

"We need the public to help us out, play their part and recycle more."

Ben Meggeson



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