Operating within law

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We wish to respond to the letter titled ‘Scrapyards essential businesses’ (20/06/13), regarding the prosecution of David Cochrane (Duns) Limited, in order to clarify SEPA’s position on some of the issues raised by the article.

David Cochrane (Duns) Limited operated a site which was only authorised to receive scrap metal waste and could not, as suggested in the letter, take certain electrical items such as fridges and freezers.

There are two alternative sites located within Duns Industrial Estate, which are within a few hundred metres of the site operated by David Cochrane (Duns) Limited, where members of the public can dispose of scrap metal and other wastes.

The community recycling centre operated by Scottish Borders Council accepts a range of household wastes, and there is a new privately-run site which has recently applied to SEPA to operate as a scrap metal recycling facility.

We want to make it very clear that SEPA will work with individuals and companies to ensure that they understand their environmental responsibilities and what they need to do to operate their business legally. However, where the law is routinely broken or ignored, then enforcement action will be taken such as reporting a case to the Procurator Fiscal.

Angela Foss

Unit Manager from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)