Rubbish fine for Rotherham shopkeeper

Coun Richard Russell, of Rotherham Council
Coun Richard Russell, of Rotherham Council
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A shopkeeper has been left counting the cost after he was fined for a lack of waste management.

Mariwan Ahmed, aged 37, who owns Europa Minimart on Selwyn Street, Eastwood, Rotherham, was fined £600 by Rotherham magistrates.

He was unable to produce necessary documents to prove the legal disposal of waste from his shop after an inspection.

Ahmed, of Fitzwilliam Road, Eastwood, was also fined the maximum of £1,000 for failing to comply with requests to buy suitable receptacles for waste.

The case was taken to court when an enforcement officer from Rotherham Council’s Community Protection Unit investigated lack of waste management at the premises following resident complaints.

Magistrates were told the enforcement officer had visited the shop on numerous occasions to advise and educate Ahmed.

He was served with notices requiring him to produce waste transfer documents and also provide suitable receptacles for waste.

When the council received no response to the notice requiring documents to be produced, a fixed penalty notice of £300 was issued but it was not paid.

However magistrates found him guilty of environmental offences, fining Ahmed £600 for failing to provide documentation and also the maximum of £1,000 for failing to provide receptacles.

Ahmed was also ordered to pay costs in the region of £1,200 and a £120 surcharge.

Coun Richard Russell, Rotherham Council’s cabinet member for waste, said: “All businesses should get rid of their waste legally.”