Pub manager receives heavy fine for waste offences

Pub on Bensham Road

The manager of a pub in Bensham has been left facing a bill of more than £900 after he failed to show how he disposed of his premises' waste.

Benny Maddison of Raeburn Gardens, Carr Hill, who managed the Bensham Jockey pub on Bensham Road, was asked on several occasions to explain how he dealt with the pub's commercial waste after concerns were raised about how it was disposed of.

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Above: commercial waste was spotted piling up in the car park
Large accumulations of black rubbish bags had been spotted in the pub car park leading Enforcement Officers to suspect that the waste was not being disposed of either legally or responsibly.

All companies are required by law to make arrangements for the disposal of the waste generated by their business and to keep documentation showing how it was disposed of. By law, all waste transfer notes must be kept for 2 years and must be produced on request.

Mr Maddison was asked to produce his waste transfer notes but he failed to do so. He was then summonsed to appear before Gateshead Magistrates to answer charges under the Environmental Protection Act, but he failed to attend. The case was heard in his absence.

Benny Maddison, trading as BM Leisure Ltd., was found guilty of failing to supply waste transfer notes and was fined £660.00 with costs of £178.00. He was also required to pay a £66.00 Victim Surcharge.

Anneliese Hutchinson, service director for Development, Transport and Public Protection, says "The law is absolutely clear - if you run a business, then you have to be able to show that you are disposing of your commercial waste legally.

"It's a serious matter. We know, for example, there are businesses who try to dump their commercial waste at our Household Waste and Recycling Centres. In fact, the problem has become so bad that we are having to introduce a strict permit system to try to stop them.

"Our household waste and recycling centres are purely for members of the public to use, not commercial businesses. By law commercial waste must be handled separately.

"Any company who cannot produce any waste transfer notes also raises the suspicion that they might be arranging for their waste to be fly tipped.

"The seriousness of Mr Maddison's offences is reflected in the stiff fine which was issued by the magistrates. We trust he will take his responsibilities more seriously in the future."

Pub on Bensham Road
07 August 2019

The manager of a pub in Bensham has been left facing a bill of more than £900 after he failed to show how he disposed of his premises' waste.

Benny Maddison of Raeburn Gardens, Carr Hill, who managed the Bensham Jockey pub on Bensham Road, was asked on several occasions to explain how he dealt with the pub's commercial waste after concerns were raised about how it was disposed of.

Bensham Jockey 02
Above: commercial waste was spotted piling up in the car park
Large accumulations of black rubbish bags had been spotted in the pub car park leading Enforcement Officers to suspect that the waste was not being disposed of either legally or responsibly.

All companies are required by law to make arrangements for the disposal of the waste generated by their business and to keep documentation showing how it was disposed of. By law, all waste transfer notes must be kept for 2 years and must be produced on request.

Mr Maddison was asked to produce his waste transfer notes but he failed to do so. He was then summonsed to appear before Gateshead Magistrates to answer charges under the Environmental Protection Act, but he failed to attend. The case was heard in his absence.

Benny Maddison, trading as BM Leisure Ltd., was found guilty of failing to supply waste transfer notes and was fined £660.00 with costs of £178.00. He was also required to pay a £66.00 Victim Surcharge.

Anneliese Hutchinson, service director for Development, Transport and Public Protection, says "The law is absolutely clear - if you run a business, then you have to be able to show that you are disposing of your commercial waste legally.

"It's a serious matter. We know, for example, there are businesses who try to dump their commercial waste at our Household Waste and Recycling Centres. In fact, the problem has become so bad that we are having to introduce a strict permit system to try to stop them.

"Our household waste and recycling centres are purely for members of the public to use, not commercial businesses. By law commercial waste must be handled separately.

"Any company who cannot produce any waste transfer notes also raises the suspicion that they might be arranging for their waste to be fly tipped.

"The seriousness of Mr Maddison's offences is reflected in the stiff fine which was issued by the magistrates. We trust he will take his responsibilities more seriously in the future."

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