Building firm fined £5,000 for business waste offences
A building company in Nottinghamshire has been handed a hefty fine in court following prosecution by Rushcliffe Borough Council for business waste offences.
Representatives from Blox Home Improvements Ltd, based in Radcliffe-on-Trent, appeared in Nottingham Magistrates’ Court last week following an investigation by Rushcliffe Borough Council regarding waste produced and disposed of by the home improvement firm between May 19, 2014 and May 19, 2016.
Blox Home Improvements Ltd was asked to produce waste transfer documentation to the council’s environment team on June 4, 2016. The council was suspicious of the firm’s waste procedure and was concerned that Blox Home Improvements Ltd was fly-tipping waste.
A business is legally obliged to dispose of its waste following the regulations of the Environment Protection Act 1990, this includes obtaining waste transfer notes every time waste is transferred from their possession into the possession of a third-party.
A local authority or the Environment Agency can request to see these waste transfer notes at any time within a two year period.
Blox Home Improvements Ltd failed to provide Rushcliffe Borough Council with its waste transfer notes from between May 19, 2014 and May 19, 2016 and was therefore prosecuted for business waste offences.
The firm was fined £5,000 and was ordered to pay £250 in legal costs and a £170 victim surcharge.
Councillor Roger Upton, of Rushcliffe Borough Council, commented: “We’re pleased with the court’s decision and want this result to act as a deterrent to any would be flytippers – we’re watching you and you will be caught, so dispose of your waste correctly.”
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