The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) is blitzing garages in the Highlands to ensure they have adequate spill protection measures in place.

Those found to be storing or disposing of waste incorrectly could find themselves liable for prosecution.

SEPA’s team leader for Dingwall, Colin Craig, who will be co-ordinating the spot checks, said: “Vehicles contain many environmental contaminants such as oil, battery acid and antifreeze, which can cause pollution of the ground and have an adverse impact on water if not handled properly. As Scotland’s environmental regulator we are tasked with ensuring that environmental laws are complied with.

“Garage checks of this nature are extremely important in identifying problems and promoting good practices among businesses in terms of what they do with their waste.”

Sam Bond

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