Unauthorised dumping costs firm £14k
CARNOUSTIE-based DJ Laing has agreed to pay £14,000 after incorrectly disposing of 8,000 tonnes of waste.
The company admitted the offence, which happened on land near Tealing between September 2016 and January 2017.
DJ Laing said it did not knowingly carry out the unauthorised dumping, but “erred in not seeking an appropriate authorisation from Sepa (Scottish Environment Protection Agency).”
Sepa accepted an offer from the firm of “enforcement undertakings”, which give environmental offenders the chance to make amends for their behaviour rather than face prosecution. Chairman David Laing said the company was working with Sepa and donations were being made to balance the cost of what was saved by disposing of the material incorrectly.
DJ Laing agreed to make £3,000 donations to Monifieth Eco Force and the Brighty Wood Group and donations of £1,500 to Tealing and Murroes primary schools to be used to establish education programmes on environmental matters.
A voluntary contribution of £5,000 towards costs incurred by Sepa in investigating the offences was also made.
Sepa area manager Rob Morris said: “Enforcement undertakings can be offered by those who have offended by giving commitments to rectify the harm they have caused and to compensate any gain they’ve made and take action to comply with environmental regulations.
“Enforcement undertakings are designed to change behaviour by moving businesses towards compliance and allows Sepa to put resources to more productive environmental outcomes.”
He added: “We will continue to respond robustly when there is a failure to comply with environmental controls in order to safeguard our natural environment.”
Lee at home with his mum, Nicola.