Crackdown on City Centre Litter

Commercial waste: businesses fined

City centre businesses are being urged to manage their commercial waste properly or face enforcement action.

The advice by Swansea Council follows another St Helen's Rd business that has been handed a fine and costs of more than £1,500.

Hansa Patel who runs Lifestyle on St Helen's Rd was fined £660.00 and ordered to pay costs of £810 and victim surcharge £66 after breaching a notice served under section 47 of the Environment Act for failing to manage commercial waste properly. 

The latest case follows on from a previous conviction against another St Helen's Rd business - Al Abasha Pizza & Grill - which had been fined after failing to arrange proper commercial waste collections. Council waste enforcement officers had discovered waste in a lane off St Helen's and had traced the waste back to the local business.

A number of fixed penalties have also been issued recently in relation to commercial waste left on The Strand.

David Hopkins, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transportation, said: "Hopefully these cases will send out a message to other businesses that dumping your waste irresponsibly is unacceptable.

"Many local businesses in St Helen's as well as other parts of the city are doing the right thing and have an appropriate commercial waste collection.

"Keeping the city centre litter free will remain a priority for the Council and we will continue to enforce against fly tipping and littering which create a significant nuisance to all, and a large burden on public funds.."

The Council spends more than £2 million annually tackling litter and fly tipping problems across Swansea.

Cllr Hopkins added: "We want businesses to support each other and have respect for the area in which they operate.

"Businesses can contact the council if they need advice about commercial waste disposal. There is no excuse for simply dumping it and creating an environmental problem for others."

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