Council crackdown on businesses flouting trade waste laws

Eastbourne Borough Council is launching a crackdown on town centre businesses that are failing to get rid of their rubbish responsibly. 

The council is targeting problem areas where firms are creating litter or getting rid of their trade waste illegally either by using public bins, leaving it outside in black sacks for household collection or using bins belonging to other businesses. 

All commercial premises that produce waste require a trade waste collection and this has to be picked up and disposed of by a collector registered with the Environment Agency. 

Businesses will receive letters and leaflets reminding them of their legal responsibilities regarding waste and their duty to keep outside areas in an acceptable condition.

Council staff will be monitoring problem areas on a daily basis and repeated offences could lead to a fine of up to £2,500. 

Councillor Jonathan Dow, Cabinet member for Place Services, said: “Keeping our town clean is a council priority. We are working with businesses so they are clear about how they must get rid of their waste and their duty to carry out regular clean ups. 

“It is not an effective use of time or resources for our Environment First street cleaners and waste crews to constantly clean up the mess that some businesses, particularly a small number of restaurants, are creating. These offenders need to act responsibly or face the consequences.” 

Luke Johnson, Town Centre Manager, said: “A clean and tidy town centre is one very simple yet effective way in which businesses can help to encourage more footfall to our town. I will be backing Eastbourne Borough Council with this initiative and would like to encourage all town centre businesses to dispose of their waste in the correct, legal manner so that we can ensure a healthy high street environment for the future.” 

To report problems such as fly-tipping or dumped rubbish, visit lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk/report-a-problem 

Published 16 July 2019