A MIDLOTHIAN skip hire boss has been given community service for the illegal burning of waste materials.
James Cunningham (42), who operates Cameron Skip Hire, was ordered to carry out 160 hours of work after he admitted contravening a section of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
The accused, from Penicuik, has two previous convictions for environmental offences.
Edinburgh Sheriff Court was told last week that the accused had burned controlled waste and other mixed waste at The Clippens, Straiton Road, Loanhead, on June 18, 2011.
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