A County Antrim man today received a suspended prison sentence after he was convicted of waste offences.
At Coleraine Magistrates’ Court, Jonathan Stevenson (36) of Glenarm Avenue, Portrush received a sentence of five months imprisonment suspended for three years and was made the subject of a £500 compensation order for breaches of waste management legislation.
In August and December 2014, officers from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency investigated an unlicensed site operated by Mr Stevenson at 71 Charlotte Street, Ballymoney, County Antrim. They found a substantial quantity of waste plastic, polystyrene, baled wood, baled cardboard and baled plastics. The total tonnage of controlled waste was 21 tonnes and the site did not have a waste management licence to store, keep or treat this waste.
Mr Stevenson pled guilty to one charge under Article 4(1)(b) of the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, relating to keeping, or knowingly causing or knowingly permitting controlled waste to be kept in or on any land except under and in accordance with a waste management licence.
No fine was imposed on Mr Stevenson as he has declared himself bankrupt.