Sheffield shopkeeper fined £300 over waste

Coun Jack Scott, Sheffield City Council
Coun Jack Scott, Sheffield City Council
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A shopkeeper has been fined £300 for failing to dispose of his waste properly.

Mohammed Altaf, aged 57, of Bellhouse Road, Firth Park, failed to keep records showing where his waste had gone, despite businesses being required to.

He was prosecuted by Sheffield Council after officers made checks at his shop - Bellhouse Supermarket - and none of the records could be produced.

Altaf was issued initially with a fixed penalty notice to avoid court, but he failed to pay.

When he appeared before Sheffield magistrates Altaf claimed he had not been running the business at the time, but the case was proved and Altaf was found guilty.

He was fined £300, and ordered to pay costs of £450 and a victim surcharge of £30.

Coun Jack Scott, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for environment, said: “This case highlights the need for all businesses to keep a record of how they dispose of their waste. We do check these records and will prosecute whenever appropriate.

“We are pleased the courts are backing us on this action to help prevent the blight of fly-tipping in our city.”