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Clothing company fined £3,000 for waste management breaches

Officials found used clothes being kept and treated without a waste management or exemption being in place for the waste material

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A Newry-based clothing recycling company has been fined £3,000 for two breaches of waste management legislation.

Kayah Ltd, based on the Old Warrenpoint Road, was also ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy at Newry Magistrates’ Court.

In March 2021, officers from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency investigated a site at 17b Old Warrenpoint Road where controlled waste – in the form of used clothes – was being kept and treated without a waste management or exemption being in place for the waste material.

An NIEA spokesperson said: “By operating without a waste management licence/exemption, the avoidance of legitimate costs negatively impact on the ability of licensed lawful businesses to compete for work.

“NIEA enforcement against such entities assists in the creation of a level playing field for the waste sector.”

The company, Kayah Ltd, has since applied for a waste management licence/exemption in July 2021, which is currently being progressed by NIEA Regulation team.

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