Two south Manchester food establishments have been ordered to pay a total of £20,470 after they were prosecuted for waste offences this week.
Karahi Box Ltd – trading as Daawat Authentic Karahi By Jilanis – at 659 Stockport Road in Longsight were fined £9,000 for offences of flytipping under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and for failure to comply with a commercial waste notice issued under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 at a Manchester Magistrates Court hearing on Thursday 24 March.
The business was also ordered to pay costs of £550 and a victim surcharge of £190.
In July 2021, Council officers found fly tipped waste in the alleyway to the rear of the business premises. The waste was confirmed to have originated from the business by an employee.
A legal notice had previously been served on the business advising them around responsible waste management and disposal. A Fixed Penalty Notice was issued to the business but remained unpaid.
On another occasion, in August 2021, officers on routine visits to the area discovered further waste overflowing from containers in the same alleyway.
Finally, in September 2021, approximately 50 bags of waste and other loose items were found dumped near the alleyway between East Road and Sullivan Street, Longsight. The waste was investigated and evidence including receipts and flyers were found linked to the takeaway.
The company were invited to a legal interview to address the waste issues at the premises. The company did not respond, and the case was referred to court.
The company failed to attend the court hearing, which was conducted in their absence.
Karahi Box Ltd – trading as Daawat Authentic Karahi By Jilanis – has been told to pay a total of £9,740, with payment required within 28 days.
Karak (c) Ltd – trading as Karak Chaii – at 104 Wilmslow Road in Rusholme were fined £10,000 for flytipping under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and failure to comply with a commercial waste Notice issued under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 at a hearing at Manchester Magistrates Court on Thursday 24 March.
The business was also ordered to pay costs of £540 and a victim surcharge of £190.
On 5 separate occasions between April 2021 and November 2021, Council officers found waste deposited in the alleyway between Eva Street and Grandale Street, which was linked to the takeaway through receipts and packaging bearing the name of the business.
The company had previously been served a legal notice advising them on responsible waste management and disposal. The company has also been prosecuted for similar offences previously.
The director of Karak (c) Ltd claimed during interview that the waste was ‘spillage from collection day’. The case was then referred to court but the company failed to attend the hearing.
In their absence, the business was ordered to pay a total of £10,730, which is payable within 28 days.
Cllr Rabnawaz Akbar, Manchester City Council’s executive member for neighbourhoods, said:
“Prosecution is always a last resort. Our focus is to work with businesses to improve their waste management and ensure our streets are not spoiled by rubbish. These spaces are shared by residents and businesses have a responsibility to manage their waste in a way that does not impact local people.
“These businesses clearly failed in their responsibility, and the level of fine handed out to both indicates the seriousness of the offences. I hope this also serves as a warning to other businesses that Council officers are out there – and when we find illegal activity, we will use the full extent of the law to reprimand businesses who knowingly dump their waste.”