Shopkeepers fined £3,000 for dumping rubbish on Hackney high streets
The owners of two businesses have been fined after illegally dumping bags of rubbish on two streets in Hackney.
The owner of Nation Food Centre on Stoke Newington Road was found guilty of two offences at Thames Magistrates Court on Friday 9 February for illegally depositing waste and failing to produce waste transfer notes and fined a total of £1,380.
The owner of Panda Oriental on Green Lanes was found guilty of similar offences on 2 February and ordered to pay a total of £1,740.
All businesses have to arrange for their rubbish to be collected by the Council or another licensed waste carrier and store it in specially marked sacks and bins to prove that they are dealing with it responsibly.
Thousands of residents live in flats above shops on high streets – they shouldn’t have to face piles of illegally dumped rubbish when they walk out of their front door. Our street cleaners do a great job, but we need local businesses owners to do their part too. That means using the council’s commercial waste services or another licensed waste carrier to collect and dispose of their rubbish properly.
Our enforcement officers visit businesses and offer advice to make sure they are dealing with their waste properly. However, as these two cases show, if a business owner chooses to ignore our warnings and continues to dump rubbish on the street they can end up having to pay a large fine.