The Department of the Environment has revoked the waste management licence for Straduff Recycling Limited in Co Tyrone.
Officers of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency’s (NIEA) Environmental Crime Unit also carried out a search of the site and of another site in County Fermanagh, operated by Enniskillen Scrap Metal Limited.
This action is part of an investigation into a number of waste businesses and follows the removal of an exemption from waste management licensing for Enniskillen Scrap Metal Ltd of Killyvilly Road, Co Fermanagh earlier this year.
Environment Minister Mark H Durkan – “Today’s actions by NIEA will go some way towards helping to create a level playing field for the legitimate operators in this sector”
Straduff Recycling Ltd had its Waste Management Licence revoked from 8 October 2013.
Environment Minister Mark H Durkan said: “I want to encourage the licensed waste sector in Northern Ireland to be environmentally friendly and competitive. I commend the NIEA in its continuing actions against waste crime, which will ensure waste is managed legally, protecting both our economy and the environment. Today’s actions by NIEA will go some way towards helping to create a level playing field for the legitimate operators in this sector.”
The Minister also underlined that the local community should be aware that both sites should no longer be operating and that waste (including end of life vehicles) cannot be accepted.
A major criminal investigation is ongoing into the activities that have taken place at a number of sites in Northern Ireland and into those suspected of organising them. Further information will be released when the investigations are at an appropriate stage.
The Minister continued: “I am determined to make sure the waste industry in Northern Ireland is legal, not harmful to the environment or local communities and brings prosperity in the long term. When we find evidence of abuse of the authorisations that the NIEA issues to waste operators we will take all possible action to ensure that this does not continue.”