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Zero tolerance towards commercial waste abuses

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11 September 2017

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Nine businesses in Enfield have been issued with penalty notices of £400 for abusing the refuse facilities belonging to residents and for dumping commercial waste on the street.

- Nine commercial businesses slapped with £400 FPNs in recent months
- Businesses found to be abusing residential facilities or fly-tipping
- Breaking the rules can result in a prosecution, unlimited fine and imprisonment

Nine businesses in Enfield have been issued with penalty notices of £400 for abusing the refuse facilities belonging to residents and for dumping commercial waste on the street.

In response to complaints from Enfield residents and as part of Enfield Council’s waste enforcement operations, teams have stepped up their monitoring in recent months of how businesses dispose of their rubbish.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Daniel Anderson, said: “The vast majority of our businesses understand and respect their responsibilities and dispose of their waste legitimately. However, a small minority see fit to dump their rubbish in residential bins or even throw it onto our streets.

"Let me be quite clear, we take a dim view of such behaviour and will continue to operate a zero tolerance approach towards this. Be warned. The penalties for illegally depositing commercial waste are severe. A £400 fixed penalty notice is the minimum punishment, but offenders could face prosecution with an unlimited fine, and up to five years imprisonment.”

It is an offence to dispose of commercial waste in domestic bins, at a household waste recycling centre or in any other way not in accordance with the Waste Duty of Care Code of Practice. The law applies to all businesses, including anyone working from home such as child minding, nurseries and offices.

You can either dispose of your commercial waste yourself or arrange for someone to do this for you, but you have to prove you have disposed of your commercial waste legally. To find out more, please visit Enfield Council’s website here. In addition, the Waste Duty of Care Code of Practice can be found via this link.

Enfield Council’s Waste Enforcement Unit, Waste Operations teams and Street Cleansing will continue to monitor the worst ‘hotspots’ for this kind of behaviour and will move across the borough to other locations – no area will go unnoticed.

This year, Enfield Council launched a campaign entitled ‘Your Rubbish, Your Crime’ aimed at asking everyone who lives or works in the borough to take responsibility for their waste and to act responsibly in order to support strong communities in Enfield.