Birmingham council gets tough with trade waste offenders
Birmingham City Council has released figures for the year 2015/16 detailing the waste enforcement action it took against businesses and residents across the city.
The city’s annual Regulation and Enforcement Services report for the year 2015/16 shows that Birmingham City Council does not mess around when it comes to punishing businesses and individuals who flout the city’s waste regulations.
According to the report, the Regulation and Enforcement team for the city’s waste and environment department brought action against over 3,500 businesses, individuals and residents for offences relating to waste, including the improper disposal of commercial waste, contaminating recyclable household waste, and littering on the street.
The report reveals that the council’s environment officers carried out 436 investigations into the incorrect disposal of business waste in 2015/16.
The environment officers also handed out 325 “duty of care” demand notices to city businesses. Out of these 325, a total of 59 businesses could not provide evidence of the correct disposal of waste by a licensed waste carrier. These businesses were handed a £300 fixed penalty fine.
Councillor Barbara Dring, of Birmingham City Council, commented: “Businesses must not use the domestic collection service; they have to take out a separate contract for their business waste – not doing so has been an offence since the Environmental Protection Act came into effect in 1990.”
Birmingham City Council has a team of 13 dedicated environment officers who successfully brought criminal prosecutions against 31 individuals and business owners in 2015/16 for offences relating to waste.
Two men were jailed for fly-tipping sheep carcasses and the owner of a beauty salon was fined £3,459 for using council bins for disposing of her commercial waste and for not possessing a waste contract with a licensed waste collection company.
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