A CAFE owner who thought it was okay to put his rubbish in other people’s bins rather than pay to have it picked up has been ordered to pay over £4,000.
In 2019, the council’s environmental health team was told the owners of Arizona’s Cafe on Hollins Road were not disposing of their waste properly.
By law, all businesses must be able to produce commercial waste documentation.
This shows that they have a contract in place with an approved waste collection service.
Law enforcement officers visited the property and owner David Herbert was asked to produce his documents.
When he failed to do so, he received a fixed £300 fine, which would have been reduced to £200 if he had paid within 14 days.
The fine was not paid and therefore legal proceedings were initiated.
Herbert failed to appear in court on the day his case was to be heard, so a warrant for his arrest was issued.
He went to court after the warrant was executed and chose to have his case heard in court.
The case was heard at Manchester Crown Court and he was found guilty of a charge of breach of duty of care in relation to waste, as he failed to produce waste transfer notes when asked him.
The judge ordered Herbert to pay a fine of £1,200 and costs of £2,962.50.
Herbert has until December 22 to pay a total of £4,162.50.
If he doesn’t, the judge said he must serve 45 days in jail.
Arizona’s Cafe is no longer marketed.
Councilor Amanda Chadderton, Deputy Leader of Oldham Council and Cabinet Member for Wards, said: ‘Herbert thought it was fine to just dump his rubbish where he wanted and let someone else pay for it. they are collected.
“All businesses must have proper commercial waste documentation. If not, they can expect action to be taken against them.
“If Herbert had acted responsibly, as the vast majority of Oldham business owners do, he could have saved a lot of money.”
Oldham Council cracks down on environmental crime as part of its Don’t Trash Oldham campaign and since its launch in September last year we have fined 301 people and successfully prosecuted 18 others.