London,
13
February
2018
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17:39
Europe/London

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.

Cllr Feryal Demirci, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Transport and Parks
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.
Cllr Feryal Demirci, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Transport and Parks
Cllr Caroline Selman, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Enforcement
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.
Cllr Caroline Selman, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Enforcement

Residents and businesses can help the Council crack down on fly-tipping by reporting it online or via the Love Clean Hackney app.