Businessman fined for illegally storing thousands of tyres
James McHale, who traded as McIntyres, left communities at risk of fires.
A businessman illegally stored thousands of tyres at sites around Scotland, leaving communities at risk of fires.
James McHale was fined £34,000 at Falkirk Sheriff Court on Friday after admitting a string of environmental breaches.
His company, McIntyres, was investigated by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) and reported to the procurator fiscal.
The firm kept more than 15,000 used tyres at Kelliebank Industrial Estate in Alloa, Clackmannanshire, and another thousand tyres at Baldovie Industrial Estate in Dundee.
There were also more than 15,000 tyres at Crossroads Garage in Huntly, Aberdeenshire, and almost 7000 at M90 Commerce Park in Fife.
Sepa said the breaches of the sites Waste Management Licences went back to 2013 and there had been repeated failures to comply.
Kath McDowall, of Sepa's Falkirk and Stirling investigating team, said: "The illegal storage of large numbers of tyres at the sites operated by James McHale present a significant risk to the environment and community due to the risk of fire.
"James McHale has persistently undermined the regulatory regime, and Sepa has had to invest considerable resources into investigating these offences across Scotland.
"By illegally stockpiling tyres, James McHale has also gained financially by being able to undercut legitimate waste tyre collection businesses."
He added: "It is important to remember that we must all remain vigilant as criminal activities associated with waste tyres are such that problem tyre sites can establish themselves very quickly.
"We would urge anyone who has a concern regarding tyre disposal, or sites where they have seen significant numbers of tyres, to contact Sepa's pollution hotline on 0800 807060."