Vodafone contractor fined for fly-tipping

A company providing infrastructure support for all UK mobile phone operators has been fined £7,500 after it fly tipped waste on the Isle of Harris.

Infrastructure Technologies - also known as Infratec - plans, installs and maintains telecommunications infrastructure for mobile phone companies.

Established in 2001, it has grown to work for all five UK operators - 3, O2, Orange, T-Mobile and Vodafone. According to its website, the company offers "a quality of service not often available in the industry".

In October 2005, its Scottish office in Clydebank was undertaking work for Vodafone at the Maraig telecommunications mast on the Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides.

The work involved replacing batteries, cables, a fibreglass cabin and an electrical cabinet damaged during high winds. Infratec was contractually obliged to dispose of the waste properly but the company blotted the landscape by dumping it at the side of the A859 Tarbert to Stornoway road.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency received three complaints about the waste from members of the public. An investigation quickly traced it to Infratec.

According to Vodafone, Infratec had left the waste at the closest access point to the mast for collection and that high winds caused its messy appearance.

Appearing at Stornoway sheriff court on 12 December, Infratec pleaded guilty to depositing controlled waste on land without a waste management licence contrary to section 33(1) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. At a further hearing on 8 January, it was fined £7,500.

Speaking after the case, Jamie Hepburn of SEPA said the offence showed a "total disregard" for the waste management regulations.

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