Two companies have been fined almost £10,000 after 300 tonnes of waste was found partially buried on a Co Antrim farm.
Haulier Nigel Irwin of Cameron Contracts, Ballydonaghy Road, Crumlin, Co Antrim, pleaded guilty to environmental crime, and was fined £4,500.
He was also given a three-month suspended jail sentence at Antrim Crown Court yesterday. Portadown Recycling and Skip Hire Ltd, of Brownstown Business Park, Portadown, also pleaded guilty to waste offences and was fined a total of £5,000.
The two companies were ordered to pay court costs of £1,150.20 each.
When NI Environmental Agency officers visited a farm at Moira Road, Nutts Corner, Crumlin in November 2013, they found 280 tonnes of commercially sorted - and potentially recyclable - plastic waste partially buried in a trench on farmland.
After further investigation they found Irwin had taken it from an authorised waste management company and brought it to the site for disposal.
Irwin facilitated payment to the farmer to dump the waste on his land.
The investigation found the waste - baled, loose and bags of shredded plastics - had originated from Portadown Recycling and Skip Hire.