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Takeaway Owners Fined For Nuisance Waste

A takeaway will need to clean up its act after its owners were found guilty of failing to control its waste. MHY Limited, trading as Indiano Pizza in St James Street, were prosecuted by Waltham Forest Council for failing to store and dispose of waste correctly, despite a previous warning.

During a routine patrol on St James Street an officer from the Council’s Neighbourhoods team discovered that the shop was not storing and disposing its waste correctly, making the area look a mess and attracting others to dump rubbish nearby.

The business was given a formal notice requiring them to use a proper bin and to stop using commercial refuse sacks as they were not suitable for the food waste it was generating. They were also given advice on how to store and dispose of waste correctly to it would not cause a nuisance to the local area. The owners were warned that they faced enforcement action if they failed to comply with the notice.

The owners did not heed this warning and when the Council officer returned to the shop they found the takeaway was still creating a filthy mess outside. As a formal notice had already been given the Council proceeded to prosecute the business.

The case was heard at Thames Magistrates Court on 11 March 2016, where the owners were found guilty of failing to control waste in line with the Environmental Protection Act 1990. They were fined £500 and ordered to pay costs of £362 and a surcharge of £50; a total cost of £912.

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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