Birmingham supermarket prosecuted for waste offences

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A supermarket in a Birmingham suburb has been found guilty at Birmingham Magistrates Court of a number of offences under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and Licensing Act 2003.

The manager of the Villa Supermarket, situated on Villa Road, Handsworth, appeared in Birmingham Magistrates Court on 14 December 2015, charged with illegally disposing of business waste and breaching a number of its license rules, including not holding CCTV footage for the legally required 28 days, not providing door security on weekend days, and the personal license holder was not present at the required opening times of 23:00 to 06:00.

Birmingham supermarket prosecuted for illegal waste disposal

Handsworth, Birmingham

The supermarket was found to be illegally disposing of commercial waste after Environmental Health officers discovered seven bags of deserted waste, connected to the supermarket, which had been dumped in Hunters Road, in Lozells. A few weeks later, in February 2011, the Environmental Health officers returned to Hunters Road and found a further 30 bags of commercial waste which they could connect with the supermarket.

The officers from Environmental Health began investigations and discovered that the offending supermarket did not hold a business waste contract and had been regularly disposing of its waste illegally.

Councillor Barbara Dring, Chair of the Licensing and Public Protection Committee, commented: “Businesses must not use the domestic collection service; they must have a separate contract for their business waste – not doing so has been an offence since the Environmental Protection Act came into effect in 1990.”

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