Traders who illegally dump their waste will be fined. Brighton & Hove City Council is taking tough action against irresponsible city traders and has issued 22 penalty fines already and has a further 15 in the pipeline.
Traders who use the city’s residential communal bins as a free and easy way of disposing of their trade waste have been given fixed penalty fines of £75. This is a clear message from the council that this behaviour will no longer be tolerated.
Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 any traders and businesses that produce waste must arrange for it to be collected from their premises by an Environment Agency approved and licensed Trade Waste Contractor.
Communal bins are provided for the sole use of the city’s residents. Following routine inspections carried out in December it became clear that a number of local businesses were illegally using the city’s communal bins as a convenient way of disposing of their waste.
City Clean, the city council department responsible for investigating and prosecuting environmental crimes, ordered an immediate clamp-down.
Environment councillor Gill Mitchell said that although she was disappointed by the large number of businesses who were caught abusing their trade waste responsibilities she was delighted with the outcome of the enforcement teams actions in highlighting and dealing with the problem.
“There are very clear health and safety concerns involved here,” she said. “The purpose of the environmental protection act is to ensure that we know what type of waste is being disposed off and whether or not that waste is hazardous.
“If businesses are not using a licensed trade waste contractor then there is no record of the type of waste they are generating and disposing off.
“As a local authority and employer we have a ‘duty of care’ not only to our residents but also to our staff and we take that very seriously.”
She warned local businesses that the current enforcement blitz would continue and any repeat offenders would face the courts.
She also urged anyone with information on any businesses they suspect are disposing of their trade waste in an irresponsible manner to contact the enforcement team on 292929 in confidence.
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