Cheshunt businessman objects to rubbish fines

Published:  16 December, 2011

CHESHUNT: A plumbers' merchant is aggrieved at receiving two fixed penalty notices after leaving his recycling out for collection.

Mark Burridge, co-owner of Ashwells Plumbing and Heating found himself landed with a fixed penalty notice from Broxbourne Council after leaving a box of cardboard out for collection, as he had always done, unaware that he was supposed to put a sticker on it.

Mr Burridge said: "How about being informed to that effect? We have lots of visits from the environmental health inspectors from the council. There's no education."

He was fined again when his recycling went uncollected last month. While waiting for the council to return to collect the recycling the next day, two bags of rubbish had been dumped in with the cardboard by someone else.

MrBurridge removed the bags to leave the recycling untainted and left them beside the nearby public bins.

A council spokeswoman said: "Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, businesses have a duty to dispose of their trade waste correctly.

"These duties include providing suitable containers to hold their waste safely and securely and having in place a trade waste agreement with a licensed waste carrier.

"As a result, Ashwell's Plumbing Store will be sent information to guide the business through its trade waste responsibilities and its duty in keeping its premises clear of litter.

"The council is currently investigating Mr Burridge's representations concerning the fixed penalty notices."

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