Southwark Council gets tough with fly-tipping food outlets

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A meat supplier, an organic food market and three fried chicken shops have found their waste disposal wrongs coming home to roost after being fined hundreds of pounds for fly-tipping. The premises are reported to be just some of the 10 successful fly-tipping prosecutions against food and drink premises launched by Southwark Council in the last six months - with fines totalling over £28,800.

Ian Wingfield, cabinet member for environment and public realm at Southwark Council, said: “The council will not tolerate fly-tipping from businesses or residents and we will prosecute where we have evidence to identify where the waste has come from.

“Everyone has a responsibility to help keep our streets clean, tidy and safe and this includes local businesses who have a duty to dispose of their waste responsibly.”

The largest fine of £10,000 plus £2,500 costs, went to Peckham Afro Foods on Rye Lane, who were found guilty of dumping more than 30 cardboard boxes on the roadside.

A further £5,534 fine with £1,280 costs was given to the Organic Village Market on Lordship Lane, who admitted to illegally disposing of bags of food waste and packaging. Brazil Tropical, a retail meat supplier on Walworth Road, was fined £400 with £378 costs, for leaving cardboard boxes outside on the pavement.

Family Carnation Supermarket in Rye Lane were discovered trying to put their trade waste in the back of a council bin lorry and was fined £800 with costs of £580. The Wang Jia Chinese supermarket in Rye Lane did the same thing, but was only told to pay costs of £220 after the owner admitted the incident, but said it was a mistake as he thought the truck was his own waste collector.

Best food and Wine on Queens Road was fined £800 plus £248 costs for dumping bags of waste, including used lottery tickets and scratch cards. Caravaggios, an Italian restaurant in Camberwell, was fined £650 with £365 costs after pleading guilty to leaving business waste at a domestic recycling centre.

The three chicken shops – Rooster’s Villa on Walworth Road, Lions Fried Chicken on Queens Road and McNeil’s Chicken on Peckham Rye – were fined £2,300 (plus £475.80 costs), £250 (costs of £280) and £300 (£330 costs) respectively, for leaving black bin bags full of trade waste on pavements outside or close to their shops.

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