A Hammersmith shopkeeper has been fined £500 for fly-tipping in Ravenscourt Avenue, following an investigation by Hammersmith & Fulham Council.
Ali Ashrafy, owner of Saffron Supermarket in King Street (trading as ‘Saffaron Supermarket’), admitted depositing controlled waste on the public highway when he appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 4 October.
He was also ordered to pay £1,135 costs and a £50 surcharge.
“We won’t tolerate dumping of rubbish on our streets,” said Cllr Wesley Harcourt, H&F Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport and Residents’ Services.
“We will do all we can to keep our streets tidy and to help us become the greenest borough in the country.
“We want local businesses to thrive, but that can't come at the cost of local residents. This shopkeeper now has a hefty fine to pay, which could have been avoided.”
Mess strewn across pavement
The court was told that H&F Council’s environmental enforcement officers were doing routine inspections in Ravenscourt Avenue on 5 and 6 January this year, when they spotted bags of dumped waste.
The bags contained food waste, boxes and plastic and cardboard packaging, which was believed to have built up due to Christmas trade. The court was shown photos of the messy scene, with bags strewn along the pavement and the shop’s bin over-flowing.
Convicting Mr Ashrafy, District Judge Blake, gave a reduced fine for his early guilty plea. He was ordered to pay the full fine and costs in monthly £200 instalments.
Business waste collections
Business in H&F are legally required to have a contract with a licensed waste carrier to collect commercial waste, as it is not the duty of the council to clear it for free.
Hammersmith & Fulham Council offers a commercial waste and recycling service, which includes a curbside sack collection, or a bin collection service depending on the business requirements and location.
Help us keep H&F’s streets spotless
If you see fly-tipping, litter, or other mess around the borough you can let us know online, or on our Report It app.
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Becoming the most environmentally positive borough
- We’ve been working with residents to tackle air pollution
- We’re encouraging residents to plant up tree bases
- We have installed more than 100 electric vehicle charging points
- We launched London’s first electric car club
- We’ve launched a resident-led commission to boost biodiversity
- We’re promoting cycling and sustainable transport
- We were the first London borough to halt standardised spraying of glyphosate chemical herbicides
- Introduced a Street Czar to help keep our streets clean and tidy
- See what else we’re doing to become the greenest borough in the country.