A Whitechapel ice cream and dessert shop, with branches across London and Essex, has been ordered to pay £5,384 by the courts for illegally dumping waste in the street.
The Urban Chocolatier Whitechapel branch was ordered by Thames Magistrates Court to pay fines totalling £4,000 and £1,384 in costs and charges at a hearing in March.
The court heard how Tower Hamlets Council environmental services officers contacted the branch several times because their large waste bin was placed away from the premises on the opposite side of the road where the business could not control their waste. The bin was also overflowing with bags of rubbish dumped on the pavement beside it.
Council officers issued a notice requiring the business to take certain steps to dispose its waste properly, then issued a £110 fixed penalty notice when the business failed to do so. The company continued to act unlawfully and was prosecuted for illegal disposal of waste and breach of their ‘duty of care’.
Lutfur Rahman, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said:
“We will not tolerate businesses using our borough as a dumping ground for waste.
“Businesses must have a contract with a registered waste carrier that is fit for purpose and can adequately deal with the amount of waste the business produces. We will prosecute those who don’t.”
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Posted on Friday 20th May 2022