Court orders kebab shop owner to pay £1,200 for waste offences

The operator of an Acocks Green kebab house was yesterday (Sep 13) ordered to pay £1,200 by Birmingham Magistrates for flytipping and related offences after a case brought by Birmingham City Council.

Fazlula Sapi, aged 40, of Aston Lane, pleaded guilty to two offences relating to black bags of waste found outside Village Kebab House on Westley Road on 31 March 2017.

A search of the two piles of bags by council officers found food waste and the same type of food packaging along with web order documents and till roll printouts relating to Village Kebab House.

This discovery triggered a demand for details of how the firm disposed of its waste – when asked by council officers, firms have a legal requirement to disclose such information.

However Sapi did not provide all of the requested information. He was issued fixed penalty notices for the dumped rubbish and the failure to offer the information – but also failed to pay these, triggering the court action.

The dumping – an offence under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 – led to Sapi receiving a £400 fine.

The failure to response to the demand for information – also an offence under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 – led to a further £300 fine for Sapi.

Sapi was also ordered to pay £500 in costs.

Speaking about the case, Cllr Majid Mahmood, Cabinet Member for Clean Streets, Waste and Recycling, said: “This case sends out a clear message that we do investigate fly-tipping and we will prosecute whenever we have evidence.

“If you fly-tip and are caught – and the likelihood is that you will – the consequences mean it is simply not worth the risk.”

Anyone with information on any flytipping cases can report details via www.birmingham.gov.uk/flytipping

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