A BUSINESSWOMAN and her company have been hit with a £2,000 bill for illegally dumping trade waste.
Ms Vivien Ulakatu, 32, of Cromwell Street, Coventry, pleaded guilty at Nuneaton Magistrates’ Court on September 1 to a charge of failing to ensure a licensed waste carrier removed trade waste from her business.
She was prosecuted by Coventry City Council and was fined £400 and ordered to pay costs of £295.50 while her company, Spec Autos Ltd. was also found guilty and fined £1,000 and ordered to pay costs of £295.50 and a victim surcharge of £100.
Coun Patricia Hetherton, Chair of Coventry’s Licensing and Regulatory Committee, warned other companies to dispose of their waste correctly.
She said: “Businesses have a duty of care to correctly dispose of trade waste and I’m pleased to say that the majority do this.
“However, those businesses which do not will be prosecuted if their waste is dumped illegally. We will not tolerate fly-tipping in our city – it is unsightly and potentially harmful to the health of residents.”
The court heard how Council officers discovered a substantial amount of trade waste at the back of Selworthy Road and Kirkdale Avenue, Holbrooks, on November 29, 2013.
They found evidence linking the waste to Spec Autos Ltd of Cromwell St. Paradise.
The company director, Ms Ulakatu, was unable to produce evidence that waste from the premises was being satisfactorily collected and disposed of by a licensed waste carrier as required by law.
The court was told the company now has a waste contract in place with a registered carrier.