Two Scarborough business managers have been fined over unlawful waste disposal in town centre properties.
Scarborough Council was behind the successful prosecution of the men at the town’s magistrates court last week.
Gary Swallow of Helping Hands ironing and laundry service, based in Rothbury Street, was found guilty of allowing waste from his business to enter the domestic waste stream.
Waste from his business was found in the bins of neighbouring families, their recycling had been contaminated because of the rubbish and their green bins had been overflowing.
Swallow was fined a total of £1,200 and ordered to pay £184 in costs.
On the same day, Jon Wells of Turks Head Pub, in Eastborough, pleaded guilty to having no lawful means of disposing of his pub waste and was found to have repeatedly dumped his business waste in the street.
Prosecuting officers told the court Eastborough is a major thoroughfare and the dumped waste was unsightly and the cause of complaints.
Wells was fined £240 plus a £15 victim surcharge.
All businesses must ensure their waste is disposed of correctly and the council offers advice and information to businesses to assist them in disposing of their waste in compliance with the law.
Andy Skelton, the council’s head of Environmental Services said: “I am pleased with these outcomes and hope that it demonstrates the council’s commitment to protecting our streets and communities from those who refuse to deal lawfully with their rubbish.
“It is unacceptable to put trade waste in other people’s domestic bins; it deprives families of the use of their own bin and leads to a significant cost to the wider public purse. Nor is it acceptable to simply throw your rubbish on to our streets for someone else to deal with.
“Our Recycling and Waste Enforcement team is on hand to offer advice but we will not hesitate to take action against those who selfishly refuse to take responsibility for the waste they produce.”