A Leith Waste Site -aka “Material Recycling Facility” – operated by NWH Recycling has been rated as “Poor” by the environmental watchdog SEPA for two years in a row.
In 2011, the firm received a “poor” rating after SEPA officials assessed the site as being in breach of its waste management license conditions. They said: “The site has on occasion over the assessment period breached the Licence conditions in relation to the storage of waste outside the site boundary, escape of litter, presence of seagulls and insufficient / damaged infrastructure. Some improvements have been made throughout the year to address this.”
In 2012, SEPA again gave the firm a “poor” assessment. This time SEPA officals said it was rated: “Poor as a result of an incident where inadequate management of site operations resulted in the escape of a significant volume of litter which badly impacted on the surrounding environment.
Needless to say, despite being rated “poor” two years in a row, NWH make a big play of the fact their Edinburgh site is SEPA licensed on their website. The waste section explains a bit about what happens on the Docks: “Our SEPA licenced Material Recycling Facilities (MRFs) located in Edinburgh and Dalkeith are capable of processing up to 4000 tonnes of waste per week and handle a wide variety of waste types. Our Edinburgh facility specialises in the reduction of waste sent to landfill by sorting and segregating the recyclable materials brought to the site. The recovered material is then delivered to a range of companies where it is turned into new products or used for waste to energy fuel.”
The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency has just published a complete list of “compliance assessment reports” for 2012, which show how well Scottish businesses that fall under environmental protection laws are meeting their legal obligations.
The reports show that Forth Ports received an “excellent rating.” But NWH Recycling was not the only local firm to receive a “Poor” rating in the latest set of returns.
Dales Marine Services Ltd, who lease a dry dock within the port area, were also named as “poor” by SEPA after breaching their license conditions.
Officials said: “Poor status as site has an environmental incident relating to an oil spill in the dock. This constituted an ‘incident’ and therefore should have been reported at the time of the incident. Breaches of licence conditions occurred.”
Meanwhile, the Dalton’s scrap site on Constitution Street was also rated as “Poor” for the second time in three years. In both 2010 and 2012 the firm failed to submit waste data records for the site to the regulator.
There appears to be no public record of any further regulatory actions having been taken against any of these firms for breaching their operating license conditions by SEPA.
More comment and analysis on this issue from a national perspective is available on Rob Edwards website.