A Ballynahinch car breaker was fined a total of £1,913 at Downpatrick Magistrates’ Court today for storing end of life vehicles and parts without the appropriate waste management licence.
Mr Ralph Jess (50), trading as Railway Auto Spares of Ballylone Road, Ballynahinch pleaded guilty to waste offending.
The charge attracted a fine of £1,000. In addition, Mr Jess was instructed to pay a compensation order of £913, court costs of £10 and an offender’s levy of £15.
During a site inspection in October 2012, officers from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency discovered end of life vehicles, tyres, batteries and waste oil being stored at the Ballylone Road site without the appropriate waste authorisation.
Notes to editors:
Mr Jess was charged on one count under the following Article of the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997:
Article 4 (1)(b) for treating, keeping or disposing of controlled
waste or knowingly causing permitting controlled waste to be treated, kept, or
disposed of except under and in accordance with a waste management licence.