Trade waste inspection by Edinburgh council reports low compliance

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Inspection reveals that only 41% of businesses comply with disposal regulations

Edinburgh Council, who set up an enforcement team to combat the illegal removal of trade waste, has discovered that only forty-one per cent of businesses comply with the regulations.

The enforcement team, known as The Waste Compliance Team, consists of five wardens and a team leader. They started their inspections at the beginning of September and have already visited 191 premises and found that only seventy-nine were complying with the waste disposal regulations.

Edinburgh council reports low trade waste compliance

Edinburgh trade waste compliance is low

A staggering 112 premises could not provide proof of having a trade waste contract when visited by the enforcement team and were issued with a legal notice, which gave them seven days to put a contract in place, or face prosecution.

The team have also handed out £200 fixed penalty notices to four businesses, for illegal waste dumping in the streets.

Environment convener, Councillor Lesley Hinds, said how shocked and surprised he was by the low compliance figure, considering how all businesses, large and small, have a duty of care and should dispose of their waste in a responsible way.

The primary focus of the enforcement team, was to visit commercial properties that were situated in areas where they had communal bins, to see if any of the businesses used them to dispose of their waste, which is paid for by the taxpayer.

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