Boss of Phone Hut repair shop in Nottingham fined after rubbish dumped on allotment

Fly-tipped items on land in Bobbersmill.

The boss of the Phone Hut shop in Nottingham city centre has been fined more than £1,300 after rubbish from the business was found dumped on an allotment.

Asad Mumtaz, director of parent company MS IT Solutions (UK) Limited, pleaded guilty at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (April 26)  to three duty of care offences under the Environmental Protection Act.

The company was fined £175 for each of the three offences, and also told to pay a £30 victim surcharge.

The company was also ordered to pay all of the council’s costs of £759.50 – bringing the total legal bill to £1,314.50.

Mr Mumtaz pleaded guilty to two further offences of failing to provide the council with waste transfer notes to demonstrate how the business was disposing of its trade waste both – ahead of and after the fly tipping offence.

Phone Hut phone repair shop on Listergate. Picture: Google

In an interview Mr Mumtaz told council officers that a member of staff at his shop appointed a man advertising as a waste collector on Gumtree.

When the rubbish was given to the man, checks were not made that the person collecting the waste was licensed to take it, he said.

Community Protection Officers found the rubbish dumped last May on allotment land in Bobbers Mill, including marked packaging, flyers, mail and customer till receipts that could be traced back to the shop.

Nicola Heaton portfolio holder for community services at the council, said: “Businesses have a duty to take steps to dispose of their waste appropriately and responsibly.

“This case shows handing the responsibility over to someone who then illegally dumps your waste will come back to the business as a problem – and an expensive legal bill.”

Mr Mumtaz could not be immediately reached for comment.

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