Up to one thousand businesses are to be forced by their council to account for where they dispose of their waste.
Highland Council are writing to businesses in Skye and Lochalsh, Caithness and Sutherland, who do not currently use the council’s waste collection service, to find out what they are doing with their waste.
Those found to be guilty of fly tipping could face fines of up to £20,000 or even the prospect of 6 months in jail.
Businesses have a ‘duty of care’ which commits them to disposing of their commercial waste in a responsible manner, and the letter is hoped to be a timely reminder to businesses in the region.
It also reminds businesses that disposing of waste in public litter bins is against the responsibilities outlined in the duty of care.
To be eligible to use council recycling services businesses must be in possession of a waste collection contract.
Councillor Graham Phillips said: “Non-domestic rates do not include the cost of waste disposal so businesses must make their own waste collection and disposal arrangements.
The Council has a duty to ensure that businesses comply with waste law and the cost of business waste is not borne by the tax payer.”
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