Waste Offences Incur Scotland's Highest Ever Environmental Penalty

The highest penalty ever issued in Scotland for environmental offences was served on a recycling company for waste offences.

The penalty was imposed on Oran Environmental Solutions Ltd who are based in Alloa. The company received a confiscation order which requires payment of £345,558 from the proceeds of crime. These funds will be reinvested in the community.

In addition the company was ordered to pay a £12,000 fine.

The offences which prompted this prosecution were all waste related and included storing controlled waste without a licence, failing to remove waste from the company's site and not taking adequate pest control measures.

The company had failed to comply with enforcement notices served by SEPA which required that the failings be remedied. The site was at capacity and neighbouring property owners had complained about vermin.

Whilst the sentencing guideline for environmental offences does not apply in Scotland, and therefore fines may not presently achieve equivalent levels to those being imposed in England and Wales, (link to previous article) the striking effect of confiscation orders is shown by this decision.