A supermarket in Alum Rock has been fined £75,000 for trade waste and fly-tipping offences following a prosecution brought by the council.

Saif Supermarket Ltd on Alum Rock Road was found guilty on three charges under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court last Thursday (31/10).

One of the charges brought against the business related to bags of food waste and plastic packaging found dumped on near-by Foxton Road on 11 February 2019. A second charge related to similar waste found on the same road a day later. A third related to a failure by the firm to provide written evidence of how it disposes of its waste.

Cllr John O’Shea, Cabinet Member for Street Scene and Parks, said: “This prosecution shows how high the risk is when businesses don’t have the right arrangements in place for their waste collection, or when they choose to dump waste on the streets of Birmingham. Make no mistake, this is criminal activity and these people are trying to get an advantage over law-abiding businesses.

“We know clean streets are the top priority for our citizens, so we will continue to do everything we can to investigate and prosecute waste offences.

“The support of our citizens and business people is crucial when building up a case against offenders. If you have information, please contact us and we will do everything we can to keep our city looking as clean and green as possible.

“I would also like to thank and congratulate our waste collection and waste enforcement staff for their efforts. This was not an easy case and they faced some hostility during their enquiries, but their determination has ensured that justice was served.”

Food waste found by Birmingham City Council

The council first began the investigation into the supermarket after complaints from members of the public and when the councils own refuse collectors reported local business were approaching them when emptying local street bins and insisting that they threw their business waste into the back of the council wagon at the same time they were emptying the bins.

It was after this that the request for proof of how the supermarket disposed of its waste was made by the council to check the supermarket complied with laws and regulations.

Less than a week later, a large collection of rubbish bags were found on Foxton Road, close to the supermarkets premises. Enforcement officers searched the bags and found pricing labels for the business.

Food waste found by Birmingham City Council

The day after, a further three sacks were found next to the street litter bin outside the business. These were also found to contain pricing labels for the firm in two of the bags. The street litter bin was also emptied and found to contain mostly fruit and vegetable waste.

In a subsequent interview under caution, a representative of the company claimed he had a waste contract but the company had not been collecting his waste regularly around the time of 11 February 2019. He recognised the pricing label stickers and said the waste was most likely put out by a member of staff – but again insisted he had a contract.

In 2018 Birmingham was revealed as one of the biggest fly-tipping hotspots in England, with more than 40 incidents every day on average.

To report fly-tipping visit the Birmingham City Council website at www.birmingham.gov.uk/flytipping