A LEOMINSTER restaurant has been fined for repeated fly tipping.

Milano Restaurant Limited pleaded guilty to five fly tipping charges at a case taken to Hereford Magistrates Court by Herefordshire Council’s Community Protection Team in May.

Milano Restaurant Limited received fines and costs totalling £13, 173.

Instances of fly tipping of commercial waste in the alleyway between High Street and Corn Square, Leominster, were reported to Herefordshire Council in February 2017.

Paperwork found in the waste showed that it was from the Milano Restaurant.

The company continued to fly tip waste from the restaurant on five separate occasions up to August 2017, despite enforcement action taking place.

Marc Willimont, head of regulatory & development management services, said: “All businesses must ensure they dispose of their waste legally, by having an appropriate duty of care measure in place so the waste they produce is disposed of correctly.

“Businesses must also have documentation to show who they have transferred the waste to and keep those records for at least two years.

“Clearing up fly tipping costs the tax payer huge amounts of money. This result is a warning to other businesses who look to avoid paying for proper disposal of their waste.”

Unlawful waste disposal and fly tipping cases can be reported to Herefordshire Council via the council website or by calling 01432 261761.