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Restaurant Fined for Serving Up Waste on Street


The owners of a Walthamstow restaurant have been handed a hefty fine after being prosecuted by Waltham Forest Council for illegally dumping waste on the street.

La Mandache restaurant on St James Street, Walthamstow was visited by officers from the Council’s Neighbourhoods Team during May and June 2015, as it was leaving large piles of commercial waste out on the street in black refuse sacks.

The manager was warned that this was unlawful, unsightly and detrimental to the local area, and was given advice on how to legally dispose of commercial waste.

The business was visited by officers on three separate occasions, however it ignored all warnings and continued to dump waste illegally on the street. The Council then took the decision to begin prosecution proceedings against Lima Divert Limited, the owners of La Mandache.

The case was heard at Thames Magistrates Court on Friday 1 April, with the company director pleading guilty to two offences of failing in their Duty of Care to properly control commercial waste in line with the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

The company was fined £600 for each offence, ordered to pay prosecution costs of £740 and a surcharge of £60, bringing the total penalty to £2000.

The Council’s Neighbourhoods Team carries out regular checks on businesses across the borough to ensure they are storing and disposing of waste correctly. The Council will seek to prosecute any business that shirks its responsibilities around dealing with waste.

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