Dagenham restaurant fined over £2000 for failure to provide Waste Transfer Notes


A restaurant in Dagenham has been ordered to pay over £2000 after failing to provide Waste Transfer Notes.

The Lekki Lounge in Porters Avenue was unable to provide any documents for either general waste or recycled waste on demand when a routine inspection took place at the African restaurant back in May 2017.

There was no manager present when officers issued a notice which required the company to provide Waste Transfer notes (WTN) for the previous two years and had 14 days to comply with the notice.

The restaurant failed to produce the documents and despite being given another week to comply, they still failed to produce the required paperwork.

A Fixed Penalty Notice of £300 was issued at the end of May and a reminder letter was sent on 13 June but the company failed to discharge their liability by paying the penalty and a Notice of Intended Prosecution was issued.

 

‘The council takes a strong view on any business that cannot produce any Waste Transfer Notes’

 

The case was heard at Barkingside Magistrates Court and on 16 March 2018 and the defendant failed to attend.

The court ruled that the offence was contrary to s.34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 following their failure to provide the required WTNs and the Fixed Penalty Notice.

As a result, the defendant was fined £1200, ordered to pay £821.50 of costs awarded to LBBD and a victim surcharge of £120.

Jonathon Toy, Operational Director for Enforcement Services, said: “The council takes a strong view on any business that cannot produce any Waste Transfer Notes for either general waste or recycled waste on demand.

“We always welcome and encourage local businesses but it is important they follow the right guidelines.

“Where businesses are not prepared to act in a socially acceptable manner, we will take a zero-tolerance approach and prosecute where necessary.”