Estate grounds used as an illegal dump

Carlo Rea, centre, promoted boxing events at Dalziel Park.
Carlo Rea, centre, promoted boxing events at Dalziel Park.

A businessman has been ordered to do unpaid community work after he admitted illegal dumping in Motherwell.

Carlo Rea had waste including stones and soil sent to upmarket Dalziel Park where he owned the hotel and golf course.

Rea (37) appeared at Airdrie Sheriff Court last week and admitted acting as an unlicensed waste carrier between March and July 2011.

He was ordered to do 180 hours of unpaid work as a direct alternative to prison.

The court heard that throughout the four-month period Rea’s company OTL Plant & Haulage Contractor transported more than 5,000 tonnes of waste soils and stones to Dalziel Park although no waste management licence or exemption was in force at the site.

Carriers are supposed to ensure that waste is taken to a suitably licensed facility which can accept and treat waste appropriately.

Rea also failed to register his company as a licensed waste carrier or produce notes describing the waste type and where each waste load had been taken to. The rules are in place to ensure waste is disposed of correctly and to deter illegal dumping.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency was alerted to the breaches following an investigation into illegal dumping at Longriggend, near Airdrie.

A SEPA spokesman said: “The unravelling of this case has been a long process, involving a number of different companies and individuals from the waste industry.

“Dumping waste illegally is not only reckless, it can cause serious harm to the environment which over time could start to contaminate the surrounding landscape if left unchecked.

“Providing business to unlicensed groups or individuals is not only illegal, it undercuts legitimate waste carriers, promotes bad practice and starts to impact on the wider industry.”

Rea ran the Dalziel Park hotel and leisure complex for a number of years and promoted boxing events there.

He is no stranger to the courts. He and his twin, Mario, were given community service for assault in 2013 and last year Carlo, of Coatbridge, got another unpaid work order for driving while disqualified.

Two months ago North Lanarkshire Council allowed him to stay on its list of accredited landlords despite a police objection.

The twins were targeted in a police drugs and money laundering probe a number of years ago, but the case was dropped.