Shopkeeper heavily fined for not disposing of rubbish properly


A shopkeeper has found out about the consequences of fly-tipping the hard way.

Veliah Muraleetharan was ordered to pay fines and costs totalling over £,1,600 for failing to ensure that waste from his shop was disposed of properly.

Now the Council is reminding businesses to make sure they follow the law and get rid of their rubbish responsibly.

The 37-year-old, pleaded guilty to three offences – failure to transfer waste without taking appropriate and reasonable measures to prevent fly-tipping, failure to transfer the waste to an authorised person and failure to provide waste transfer notes when requested by the local authority.

The court heard how in June 2016, a Plymouth City Council environmental health officer visited Morice Town Stores and found a pile of waste including packaging and cardboard in the back yard. The officer asked Muraleetharan to clear it and wrote to him, explaining that waste must be disposed of in a manner that does not cause pollution and that he must keep proper records relating to its disposal.

The waste, identified by a delivery note addressed to Morice Town Stores, was later found dumped in Meadow Close in Plympton and Hermitage Road in Peverell. The fly-tipping was witnessed by members of the public.

The court heard Muraleetharan had paid a man he knew by his first name about £100 to remove the waste. This was well under the market price, which would have been in the region of £600. He admitted that he didn’t have the correct records.

Muraleetharan was fined £800 and ordered to pay £750 costs plus an £80 victim surcharge.

Councillor Sally Haydon, Cabinet member for Customer Focus and Community Safety, said: “Fly-tipping is a blight on our city and so it is important to take cases like this seriously. We must all take responsibility for ensuring Plymouth remains a beautiful place to live.

“Although the defendant did not physically fly-tip himself, he did knowingly dispose of his waste without thought of where it might end up. Turning a blind eye will not be tolerated.”

Businesses wanting to know what their responsibilities around getting rid of waste can find more detail on www.rightwasterightplace.com

In a nutshell

  • Only pass waste to a person who is a registered waste carrier.
  • It is your responsibilty to check that they have the appropriate license to carry waste and they should provide documents to you which you must keep for two years. If required to produce them, you must do so in seven days
  • If you dispose of it yourself, you need to register as a waste carrier with the Environment Agency and take it to a licensed waste disposal site.