Fine for supermarket that failed to sweep

Published : 28/06/2012 00:00

Fine for supermarket that failed to sweep

A business in one of the council’s new environment improvement zones has taken a hit to its bottom line for not dealing with its rubbish properly.

Owners of Abu Bakar based on Roundhay Road, Harehills were handed a £750 fine at Leeds Magistrates Court yesterday and ordered to pay £949.51 in costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

The court action followed several attempts by the council to first encourage, and then legally require the business to get to grips with the waste it produced.

Efforts to work with owners at Abu Bakar and other businesses in Harehills came during the test phase of the council’s new environmental improvement zones last year. In each zone council enforcement officers help businesses and people use their bins correctly to avoid streets being repeatedly strewn with rubbish.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment said:

“Our staff have worked very hard to make sure people understand we’re taking a zero tolerance approach to businesses and residents who continue to allow our communities to be covered with litter. This business, and others with the same attitude to waste, are part of the problem we’re trying to address.

“We have the legal powers to fine and prosecute but we’d much rather work with businesses and residents so together we can keep our streets clean.”

While on their rounds of local businesses during the pilot project, enforcement officers noticed rubbish from the Abu Bakar premises gathering on the street. The business had already been legally required to put in bins with lids to fully contain waste and anchor these to the wall. Neither action had been completed.

Despite legal reminders, further visits to the site found the loose, un-lidded bins overflowing with commercial waste. A fixed penalty notice was issued.

Although the penalty notice was paid, subsequent check-ups discovered that all advice had still been ignored. With loose rubbish from their bins littering local streets and gardens, Abu Bakar’s owners were prosecuted for this final offence.

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