Pet shop owner prosecuted for waste disposal offences

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Business owner in Leeds fined for dumping his trade waste in town hall skips

The owner of a former pet shop in Leeds has been fined for waste offences after council environment officers found the businessman dumping commercial waste in city council bins.

Chris Jones, who previously owned and managed Wetherby Pet Store, situated in the market town of Wetherby, was first contacted by the environment team at Leeds City Council when officers were alerted to incidents of trade waste being dumped in the Wetherby Town Hall waste skips.

Shop owner fined for dumping trade waste in council bins

The pet shop has since closed down

The commercial waste was labelled as belonging to Wetherby Pet Store and the council’s environment enforcement team contacted the owner, Chris Jones, asking him to produce his business waste contract. Mr Jones failed to act upon this demand and was given a £300 fixed penalty fine.

The pet shop owner was told he must follow the correct procedure for storing and disposing of his business waste and was ordered to arrange a contract with a legitimate waste management firm.

However, when council officers later visited the pet shop in Wetherby to check up on the owner, they found waste scattered around the premises yard.

When Mr Jones failed to pay his fixed penalty fine and failed to show up for court appearances on two occasions, Leeds City Council decided to prosecute him under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

The former pet shop owner was fined £385 and ordered to pay £695 in costs and a victim surcharge of £38.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon said: “Businesses need to be really clear that they have a duty of care when it comes to how they dispose of their rubbish… Disposing of your business waste in a lazy and selfish way could ultimately end up hitting your bottom line and reputation when you end up in court.”

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