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Barbers shop prosecuted for dumped rubbish

Businesses are urged to arrange trade waste agreements after bags of waste from a Bromley barbers shop were found dumped in a nearby street.

Mrs Emine Mustafa pleaded guilty at Bromley Magistrates’ Court, on behalf of Mel and Jem Ltd - the company owning Rui’s Barbers, Bromley High Street - to offences under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. The company was ordered to pay fines and costs totalling £740. 

Councillor Colin Smith, Executive Councillor for Environment said, “It is always disappointing to discover a local business allowing themselves to be embarrassed in this manner, but there really is absolutely no excuse for such anti-social and disrespectful behaviour to other tax payers. 

Others minded to take a chance and ignore the rules really do need to understand that the council’s campaign against this sort of behaviour is continually being ratcheted up and that it is only a question of when, rather than if you get caught too. 

When that happens and where the evidence permits, a prosecution will inevitably follow as part of the ongoing crackdown. 

There are so many authorised business waste disposal operators locally to choose from, including the council itself, all offering good, reliable, value for money services which collect and dispose of waste legally from their clients door, that the message really is simple. Please, do everybody a favour and use one!” 

The court heard that the council’s Envirocrime Enforcement Officer had been alerted to thirteen bags of fly-tipped rubbish in Ravensbourne Road, Bromley. Investigations revealed that at least five of the black sacks contained hair clippings and used paper towels along with further evidence that the waste originated from the barbers shop nearby. 

Rui’s Barbers was contacted and the manageress denied dumping the rubbish as she was out of the country at the time but said that she disposes business waste at home. Under no circumstances must business waste be disposed of in household waste collections, and it is an offence to do so. Following a declined invitation for interview and further questioning, and no response to a request for waste transfer notes - proving that the business had trade waste collection arrangements in place - court proceedings commenced. 

Businesses and traders may dispose of their own waste but first they need to be registered as a licensed waste carrier with the Environment Agency. They can then transport the waste to a licenced disposal facility, such as Waldo Road Bromley, where a fee is charged according to weight. 

The other option is to have the business or trade waste collected. This must be by a person or company legally registered as a waste carrier. Check or find online at www.bromley.gov.uk/wastecarriers or call the Environment Agency hotline: 03708 506 506. The council operates a business waste collection service but trade waste agreements can be with private contractors, too. 

For more waste disposal options, businesses and residents are advised to search www.bromley.gov.uk/wastenews

The prosecution is part of the council’s ‘we’re watching you’ campaign which aims to stop those responsible for fly-tipping and damaging the neighbourhood in a number of ways including the use of intelligence information, CCTV surveillance and ‘stop and search’ operations. Other measures include issuing FPNs, prosecuting offenders and seizing vehicles involved in fly-tipping and from those unable to prove they are legitimate waste carriers.