Higher Scottish fines for trade effluent offences

A Scottish pet food company has been fined £7,500 for discharging 87 times its consented level of oils and grease into the sewerage system. The fine was imposed under new Scottish legislation which raised the maximum fine for breaching discharge consents to £20,000. Under English law the maximum is still £2,000.

The prosecution was brought by Lothian Regional Council, which is the only sewerage undertaker to have brought any prosecutions against dischargers. This was is its third case since last October.

Dofos Frozen Foods of Leith had a poor history of compliance with its trade effluent consent stretching back almost 20 years. Its discharges of fats and solids had frequently blocked the sewers.

In a case brought in June, Edinburgh Sheriff C

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