A MAN has been fined £2,000 for waste management offences relating to more than 5,000 tonnes of waste, including poultry manure and mushroom compost.

Kieran Downey, 34, from Newry in Northern Ireland pleaded guilty to two charges relating to the incident, and was also ordered to pay costs of £506.40.  

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Officers from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) found that the defendant had knowingly permitted controlled waste to be deposited on land which did not have a waste management licence, between 5 June 2013 and 29 April 2016.

The waste included 5,500 tonnes of construction and demolition waste, poultry manure and mushroom compost. Mr Downey was also deemed to have kept controlled waste in a manner likely to cause pollution of the environment or harm to human health. He pleaded guilty to both charges.

The site did not have a licence, and Mr Downey was not authorised by the NIEA to deposit or keep controlled waste.

Mr Downey pleaded guilty to two offences under Articles 4(1)(a) and 4(1)(c) of the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997.