A Hull business has been fined for dumping waste in a private passageway.
Waste including food and drink packaging was found dumped in a passageway between Dorset Street and Essex Street in Hull.
The shop was forced to pay £400 for the offence.
By law, businesses have a duty of care to ensure their waste is disposed of legally, usually via a commercial waste collection service.
Businesses are also being warned against using unregistered waste collectors who are easily accessible through the likes of Facebook and other social media platforms.
Councillor Anita Harrison, portfolio holder for Streetscene at Hull City Council, said: “We would encourage residents to always check with the Environment Agency who is disposing of their waste as failure to do so could result in it becoming fly-tipped elsewhere in Hull, and you will be held liable to a penalty or prosecution and the costs of cleaning up the wastes.
“Not only is fly-tipping removal costly, but it also uses resources which could be supporting other essential services through these unprecedented times.”
Visit the Environment Agency website or call 03708 506 506 before paying someone to collect your waste, or if you are a business requiring a waste and recycling collection, please email [email protected] or visit the Hull City Council website.
The maximum penalty for fly-tipping is a £400 fixed penalty, or a prosecution which if convicted can result in an unlimited fine, recovery of clean-up costs and being publicly named by the local authority.