Business owner fined for using unlicensed waste carrier
A Walthamstow restaurant owner has been fined in court for failing to ensure his business waste was disposed of in accordance with the environmental regulations.
Samee Ullah, aged 36, is the co-owner of the Director’s Cut restaurant situated in High Street, Walthamstow. Following renovation work at his business premises, Mr Ullah hired an individual to dispose of the construction and building waste.
The waste was then fly-tipped illegally in Sewardstone Road, Waltham Abbey. Local residents reported the dumped rubbish to Epping Forest District Council, which sent out environment officers to investigate the pile of waste.
The officers found an invoice addressed to Samee Ullah amongst the waste and was therefore able to connect the fly-tipped rubbish with the restaurant owner.
Mr Ullah appeared in court for failing to ensure that his business waste was disposed of in line with the regulations, which stipulates that business owners must be in possession of a valid waste contract with a licensed waste carrier.
The individual hired by Mr Ullah was unlicensed and failed to hand over a waste transfer note.
As a consequence of his actions, Mr Ullah was fined £1,200, and ordered to pay an additional £1,987 in costs and a £120 victim surcharge.
Councillor Will Breare-Hall commented on the fly-tipping incident: “This case only emphasises how important it is for businesses to acknowledge their duty of care when arranging for the disposal of their waste.”
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