A restaurateur in Bath has been ordered to pay £865 for illegally dumping trade waste in front of residential properties in the city, following a prosecution by B&NES Council.
Maidal Uddin, 28, of Banwell Road, Bath, the then-owner of the Boojon Tandoori, pleaded guilty at Bath Magistrates Court on 6th February to three counts of breaching the Environmental Protection Act 1990 through the unauthorised deposit of waste.
Bath Magistrates heard details of the three offences which took place on 28th November 2013, 12th December 2013 and 29th January 2014.
On the first occasion, a Council officer on a late night patrol in Bath was told by a member of the public that staff from the Boojon Tandoori was taking black bags of waste from the restaurant in Charles Street and dumping them amongst household waste in New King Street and Monmouth Street.
During a patrol on 29th January, Environmental Enforcement Officers from Bath & North East Somerset Council witnessed a staff member from the Boojon Tandoori dumping commercial waste amongst household waste ready for the next day’s collection in two locations in nearby streets.
When questioned under caution, Mr Uddin, as the owner of the business at the time, made it clear that he was responsible for the actions of his staff.
Mr Uddin was fined a total of £495 for the three offences and ordered to pay £350 costs and a £20 victims’ surcharge.
Speaking outside of court, Cllr David Dixon (Lib-Dem, Oldfield), Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “All residents and businesses have a duty of care over their waste until it is properly disposed of.
“Dumping commercial waste amongst household waste is unlawful and we will take action to prosecute offenders and deter anyone from failing to take their waste responsibilities seriously.”