Hackney grocer fined for dumping rubbish in the street

A grocer in Stamford Hill is being made to pay £3685 after dumping waste food and other rubbish in the street.

The owner of Getter's Superstore on Dunsmure Road was taken to court after failing to pay fixed penalty notices of £380 for dumping waste on the public highway and not being able to provide waste transfer documents. Fruitbowl N16 Ltd, which owns the shop, was prosecuted under Section 87 and Section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act at Thames Magistrates Court on 6 June.

At the hearing, Gurwinder Olive, Prosecutor for Hackney Council, said:

“There is financial gain for the company in not having to pay for waste collection and on the flip side of that there is a detriment to tax payers who pay for collection. There is also an unnecessary strain put on council services for waste collection of unregulated waste and clear up costs.”

Councillor Feryal Demirci, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods
While large fly tipping incidents grab headlines, the ongoing illegal dumping of rubbish on the street by irresponsible businesses is equally damaging to Hackney’s environment. We are committed to keeping Hackney’s streets clean, but we need residents and businesses to do their bit too. That means businesses making arrangements for the disposal of their waste by an authorised waste carrier instead of dumping it in the street and expecting taxpayers to foot the bill to clean it up. We will work hard to ensure that such selfish and illegal behaviour does not go unpunished in Hackney.
Councillor Feryal Demirci, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods