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Takeaway manager fined for dumping waste

Fly tipping. Picture: © Philafrenzy - Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0)
Fly tipping. Picture: © Philafrenzy – Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0)

A man has been ordered to pay more than £7,500 after sacks of rubbish were found alight in Rochester.

Atakan Duru, manager of Rochester Grill in High Street, Rochester, pleaded guilty to failing to produce waste documents and allowing controlled waste to escape his control at Medway Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 14th March.

In April 2018, Medway Council contacted Rochester Grill asking for copies of their waste transfer documents. They did not respond and in May a council officer visited the premises and spoke with Duru. He did not produce any waste transfer documents. Duru was given a fixed penalty notice.

In January 2019, the council officer attended the Orange Terrace junction with Star Hill in Rochester and found domestic waste sacks which had been put out for collection but had been set alight.  Evidence was found in the sacks which traced the source to Rochester Grill.

Magistrates fined Duru £7,000 for both charges and ordered him to pay costs of £473.86, as well as £63.68 compensation for the clean-up of the waste, and a victim surcharge of £170, totalling £7,707.54.

Cllr Jane Chitty, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder covering Enforcement, said: “Fly-tipping is completely unacceptable and we will not tolerate it in Medway.

“Everyone who lives and works in, and visits, Medway has a responsibility to help us keep it tidy and to dispose of their waste responsibly.”