Traders warned to dispose of waste carefully

Published Monday, 31 July 2017

Businesses are warned to dispose of their waste carefully following prosecution for café waste dumped near Church Road, Green St Green.

The warning follows prosecution of a café owner who paid an acquaintance to dispose of his business waste but fly-tipped it near a bridleway in Church Road junction of Shire Lane, instead. Fredi Beanj of George’s Café Bromley Road, Downham, pleaded guilty at Bromley Magistrates’ Court and was ordered to pay fines and costs totalling £530. 

“All businesses of whatever size should have waste agreements in place to ensure their waste is dealt with responsibly and legally. Although this café is not in the borough, most council’s – including Bromley - provide a business waste service so there really can be no excuse whatsoever for such pre-meditated and cynical anti-social behaviour. An expensive lesson, which others tempted to emulate would do all well to ponder” said Councillor Colin Smith, Executive Councillor for Environment. 

Several bags of fly-tipped waste were found near a bridleway in Church Lane by a local Street Friend, who reported it to the council. After making a statement and following further investigations, the café owner was identified and successfully prosecuted. As a ‘thank you’, an Enviro-crime Reward of up to £500 could be given for their help and assistance. Find out more at www.bromley.gov.uk/envirocrime

The court heard that on New Year’s Eve last year the café owner, who said he’d been having problems with Lewisham Council collecting his waste, paid £40 to an acquaintance to get rid of five bags of rubbish produced by the café. He was not asked if he was legally registered with the Environment Agency to carry waste and no documentation was obtained to cover its removal. The waste was found dumped the same day near a bridleway in Church Road, Green St Green. 

All legitimate waste carriers carry an Environment Agency certificate of registration which businesses and residents should ask to see before handing over their waste. A waste transfer note - a written description of the waste - must be provided which should be kept as proof of the transfer. 

The council offers a business waste disposal service with a choice of container to suit individual needs. Collections can be as frequently as needed and businesses can be sure that arrangements comply with all legislation. More information is available at www.bromley.gov.uk//businesswaste

Businesses wishing to dispose of their own waste must be registered as a waste carrier with the Environment Agency www.gov.uk/waste-carrier-or-broker-registration first. They can then take their waste to a licensed disposal facility where a fee will be charged according to weight. 

Businesses wanting to have their waste collected can use the council’s business waste collection service or they must use a person or company legally registered as a waste carrier. Find and check registered waste carriers at www.bromley.gov.uk/wastecarriers or call the Environment Agency hotline on 03708 506 506. A waste transfer note should always be obtained as proof of transfer to an authorised person or company and failure to do so could mean prosecution and a fine of up to £5,000. 

ENDS 

Notes to editors:

  • The case was heard at Bromley Magistrates’ Court on 21 June 2017. Fredi Beanji pleaded guilty and was fined £300 plus £30 surcharge and ordered to pay £200 in costs. 
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