Welsh business owner fined for waste offences

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A business owner from Llanelli, Wales, has been fined at Carmarthen Magistrates’ Court after failing to follow waste storage rules as defined by the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

The defendant, who owns a Supersave convenience store in Llanelli, had been warned by environmental enforcement officers on multiple occasions for repeatedly ignoring their demands to dispose of an overflowing business waste bin. He was given a notice under Section 47 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and told to follow the correct procedure.

The guilty party did not act upon the warnings and claimed that he no longer needed a business waste contract as his store was no longer creating waste.

The environmental enforcement officers informed the defendant that waste collected in his shop’s public waste bin must be disposed of by a fully licensed waste disposal company and, because he did not have a contract with any, he was in breach of section 47 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

The 67-year-old defendant appeared in Carmarthen Magistrates’ Court and was fined £200 and told to pay a £20 victim surcharge and £343.10 in prosecution costs.

Councillor Jim Jones, Executive Board Member for Environmental and Public Protection, commented: “The majority of businesses in Carmarthenshire are compliant with the legislation but we will not hesitate to take action against those who are not. Duty of Care is one of the main ways to combat fly-tipping.”

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