Dagenham pizzeria pays up £1,000 for failing to prove proper waste transfers
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A Dagenham pizzeria has been ordered to pay more than £1000 for failing to prove it was properly transferring waste.
Abdul Mohammadi, who ran Moon Pizza in Broad Street, failed to hand over waste transfer notices — documents recording the transferral of recycling and general waste — during an inspection in July last year.
After Mohammadi explained he had recently shown the council the notes, inspectors served a formal notice requesting of evidence of how the chicken and pizza takeaway shop disposed of its commercial rubbish, and to provide notes for general, recycled, cardboard and cooking oil waste for the previous two years.
He failed to produce the documents within the required two weeks, and was granted a further seven days to produce the evidence.
One month later, the council received an email containing the waster transfer notes — though records were incomplete and contained gaps in the transfer periods, as well as some notes incorrectly filled in.
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The company was issued a fixed penalty notice of £300 in September, which Mohammadi did not pay.
He appeared at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court on Friday, April 13 accused of an offence under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
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He pleaded guilty to the charge even though he believed he had supplied the relevant documents.
The court fined him £300 along with issuing a two-week collection order, ordering him to pay £696 costs to Barking and Dagenham Council and other fees totalling £30.
“Whether you are a business or a resident, it is vital that that you take the right measures to dispose of your waste properly,” said Jonathon Toy, the council’s operational director for enforcement services.
“Waste and fly-tipping are some of the biggest concerns raised by our residents and we will take the strongest possible action against those who cannot follow the rules on waste disposal.
“We always encourage local businesses in the borough, but we have to take a zero-policy approach against anyone who continues to break the rules.”
Another restaurant, the Lekki Lounge in Porters Avenue, was fined more than £2,000 in similar circumstances earlier this month.