DPP v Greyhound Recycling and Recovery

On 26 April , at Dublin Circuit Court, Greyhound Recycling and Recovery pleaded guilty to five charges of transferring waste to the control of an unauthorised person on dates in 2012, at the following locations:


1. Knock, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary on 25 May 2012.
2. Kildoon, Nurney, Co. Kildare on a date between 1 May 2012 and 21 May 2012.
3. Crinstown, Maynooth, Co. Kildare on a date between 9 April 2012 and 1 June 2012.
4. Hollywood Rath, Hollystown, Co. Dublin on a date between 1 April 2012 and 30 June 2012.
5. Courtwood, Ballybrittas, Co. Laois between 1 March 2012 and 30 June 2012.

The company also pleaded guilty to:


6. Failing to record the movement of waste to a site at Kildoon, Nurney, Co. Kildare in its waste records,  contrary to its waste licence (W0205-01) between 1 March 2012 and 21 May 2012
7. Knowingly providing false and misleading information to an authorised person in that the company stated that the waste records provided, by it, on 28 May 2012 at Crag Avenue, Clondalkin, Dublin 22 were complete, when it knew that the records were incomplete.
8. Storing bales of solid recovered fuel waste in Waste Recovery Building 1 when this waste was not clean, source segregated, dry recyclable, contrary to its waste licence (W0205-01) on 28 August 2012 at Crag Avenue, Clondalkin, Dublin 22.


Today, having considered the evidence and the plea in mitigation made by the company,  Judge Karen O’Connor, sitting in Dublin Circuit Court, convicted the company of charges 1, 6 and 8 set out above and took the other charges into consideration.  She imposed fines totalling €25,000 (€10,000 each for charges 1 and 6, and €5,000 for charge 8).  EPA costs of €50,000 were also agreed in advance of sentencing.