More than £1,000 in fines dished out to business owner for illegal dumping of waste

A council has dished out more than a £1000 in fines after two people we caught dumping business waste at Cockermouth recycling site.

Allerdale enforcement officers have been patrolling the recycling site to make sure it is not being misused and to help keep tit looking presentable.

This week they caught two people dumping business waste at the site in Cockermouth – with enough waste to fill three bins.

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Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, all businesses, including those operating from home, have a legal ‘duty of care’ to take all reasonable steps to ensure that their waste (including recyclable materials) is properly managed.

This includes ensuring that your waste is managed correctly through its complete journey to disposal or recovery. It is also illegal to place business waste in a domestic bin or take it to a household waste recycling centre for disposal.

In total some £1,400 worth of fines were issued to the business owner and the person employed to transport the waste who couldn’t provide the right licenses.

The recycling bring sites are for household waste only. If businesses use them, it is not only unlawful, but also means that the bins get full quicker, meaning their is less space for residents to dispose of their excess waste.

Businesses have a legal responsibility to have their own waste disposal arrangements in place.

Businesses can find out more about their responsibilities at: Trade waste services (allerdale.gov.uk)

Lancs Live – Cumbria