Business Waste Collection Warning

Threat of court action for offenders

Swansea Council is urging businesses in a city centre street to have proper waste collections in place or face court action.

The advice follows a successful prosecution against a St Helens trader who was recently fined for dumping commercial waste in a skip near its premises.

Mr Omar Aziz Mohammed, owner of Oasis, 8 St Helen's Road pleaded guilty to one offence under Section 47 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and was fined £200 with costs of £460 and a £30 victim surcharge. 

The case follows evidence that a skip not linked to Oasis and near the YMCA building was found to contain large amounts of waste dumped in it. CCTV footage highlighted Oasis workers dumping the waste in the early hours of the morning.

The prosecution also follows on from two previous similar cases on St Helens Road where other traders have received fines for failing to manage their commercial waste properly.

Frances Williams, Swansea Council's Waste Enforcement Team Leader, said: "St Helens Road is no different to other busy retail-led streets where the council expects traders to act responsibly and manage their commercial waste. 

"We now have a dedicated enforcement officer monitoring St Helens Road to ensure traders are helping maintain a clean city centre environment.

"The work is leading to an improvement in standards along the route and we are continuing to work with traders so they understand their responsibilities. 

"Anyone that does not comply with the arrangements and standards we have in place can expect enforcement action."

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