North East Derbyshire District Council have issued a £300 fixed penalty to a business owner for failing to prove they had appropriate arrangements in place for their commercial waste.
The business owner was given the opportunity to become compliant but failed to follow initial advice provided by an Enforcement Officer, resulting in a fixed penalty notice being served, which has been paid.
While the vast majority of businesses are compliant and can demonstrate where their waste goes, the fixed penalty serves as a warning to potential business owners who don’t take responsibility and ensure they are aware of the relevant legal requirements.
Businesses are legally required to retain documentation that shows their waste is collected by licenced waste collectors and disposed of correctly for up to two years.
North East Derbyshire District Council Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, Cllr Charlotte Cupit said, “We recognise the vast majority of businesses do the right thing, and we thank those for continuing to do so.”
“The only way to ensure minimum impact on the environment and deter fly-tipping is by disposing of commercial waste correctly, which is why we are trying to do proactive work to ensure this is the case, and we hope this action serves as a warning to local business owners who aren’t doing so to comply with the legal requirements and prove they dispose of their waste correctly.
North East Derbyshire District Council’s enforcement activity also includes tackling fly-tipping, dog fouling and littering - in their continued efforts to keep the district clean & tidy.
You can find out more about commercial waste on the North East Derbyshire District Council website.