Waste fine issued for holiday let

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20 February 2019

Powys logoBusinesses in Powys are being reminded of their legal obligations to dispose of their trade waste and recycling by the county council.

Powys County Council's Waste Awareness and Enforcement Team has issued the reminder after a holiday let near Llanrhaeadr Y Mochnant was issued with a £300 fixed penalty notice for failing to produce the relevant documentation for the removal of their trade waste.

The team acted on intelligence it had received and the business was requested to produce waste transfer notes to show where the waste was being taken. However, they failed to produce the relevant document and received a fixed penalty notice, which has been paid.

Any waste or recycling produced by businesses is classed as commercial.  Businesses including self-catering holiday accommodation providers have a legal duty of care to store, transport and dispose of their commercial waste in a professional manner.

Cllr Phyl Davies, Cabinet Member for Recycling and Waste, said: "We want local business to thrive in Powys but to do this we need to ensure that all businesses are complying with the law.

"It is vital that all businesses are aware of their legal responsibilities surrounding proper storage, transportation and disposal of controlled waste.  Waste is tightly regulated for a good reason.

"It's great that Powys is such a beautiful place to visit and this attracts tourists but it is important that these holiday accommodations businesses including farm stays, bed and breakfasts and holiday lets realise that the waste they generate is commercial waste. 

"Commercial waste must be collected and disposed of professionally and businesses must keep the relevant documentation to evidence this. There is a cost to collecting and processing commercial waste, which should not be subsidised by residents, particularly in these challenging financial times.

"Our team take an intelligence-led approach to verify that waste is not being disposed of illegally but we can carry out spot-checks on business at any time so it is important to make sure businesses keep their paperwork in order.

"Ultimately this will help to protect the environment and public health by making sure all commercial refuse and recycling is only handled by professional operators so we can be sure that it doesn't end up in the wrong place."

For more information about your commercial waste and free advice and support about your legal duties visit www.rightwasterightplace.com or www.powys.gov.uk/en/bins-rubbish-recycling/trade-waste-and-recycling/

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