A Fife landowner who built up an illegal landfill site containing thousands of tonnes of unlicensed waste has been handed a £15,000 Confiscation Order.

Between 2006 and 2012, Ernest McPherson (DOB 16/01/45) from Lochgelly, created an unauthorised landfill site holding an estimated 85,500 tonnes of unlicensed waste material at the Wee Mary Bing, Wester Cartmore Farm, Lochgelly and operated in a manner likely to cause pollution of the environment or harm to human health

SEPA had been monitoring the site and had engaged with him on the storage of demolition waste kept there and also its security. In April 2011 Mr McPherson was formally required by SEPA to remove the waste by 15 September of that year. It was not removed.

On 20 September 2013, McPherson pled guilty to an environmental offence (in contravention of Section 33(1)(c) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990) and on 14 May 2014 was sentenced to a six month Restriction of Liberty Order. The Confiscation Order was made today at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

Lindsey Miller, Procurator Fiscal for Organised Crime & Counter Terrorism, said:

The illegal and unauthorised waste management activities of Ernest McPherson had the potential to cause significant environmental harm and by not adhering to the lawful requirements, could reduce the available business and undermine the viability of responsible operators.

“This investigation and prosecution was a result of excellent partnership working between SEPA, Police Scotland and specialist prosecutors from both the Wildlife and Environmental Crime Unit and the Proceeds of Crime Unit.

“The Order imposed should send a clear message to those who do not comply with our environmental laws. They will not profit from failing in their duty to Scotland’s heritage.”

“All funds recovered will be added to those already gathered from Proceeds of Crime to be re-invested in the community by Scottish Ministers, through the CashBack for Communities programme.

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