Clothing company fined for fly-tipping in Manchester

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Moonlight Clothing Ltd used an unauthorised individual to dispose of its commercial waste

A Manchester-based clothing company has been fined more than £1,600 after it was linked to fly-tipped business waste which had been dumped on a street in Didsbury.

Manchester City Council was alerted to fly-tipped waste in Stenner Lane, Didsbury, in March this year. When council waste officers attended the scene they found 40 black bin bags filled with commercial rubbish, including plastic packaging waste.

Manchester clothing firm fined for fly-tipping and waste offences

Photo: Manchester City Council. The fly-tipped waste.

The council’s Environmental Crimes department began an investigation to find out from where the waste had originated. The team successfully linked the waste to a local clothing company based in Longsight.

Moonlight Clothing Limited was found to have used the services of an illegitimate individual who was offering waste transfer services.

The owners of Moonlight Clothing Ltd were unable to provide waste transfer documentation to Manchester City Council and were not in possession of a waste contract with an authorised business waste company.

Moonlight Clothing Ltd representatives did not attend their Manchester Magistrates’ Court session and the proceedings went ahead in their absence. The company was fined £660 and told to pay £898 in costs and a victim surcharge of £66 – a grand total of £1,624.

Councillor Nigel Murphy said: “I’d like to thank our Environmental Crimes Team for securing another prosecution against a company which showed no regard for its responsibility to dispose of its commercial waste properly.”

He added: “We will continue to make sure that the selfish minority of businesses and individuals who illegally dump waste are prosecuted wherever possible.”

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