Courts give Camden Town EE Shop £840 bill for fly-tipping

A fixture of Camden High Street has been hit with an £840 bill for fly-tipping.

Camden Town EE Shop pleaded guilty to fly-tipping at Highbury Magistrates Court on Thursday, 5 July 2018. Magistrates gave the shop a £400 fine, a victim surcharge of £40 and ordered them to pay £400 costs.

On Tuesday 29 March 2017, a Camden Council enforcement officer found 25 bags of waste dumped outside Carphone Warehouse on Camden High Street. After examining the bags, the Council found evidence linking their contents to Camden Town EE Shop further up the street and issued a fixed penalty notice the following day (30 March 2017).

Camden Town EE Shop failed to pay the fixed penalty notice, leading Camden Council to prosecute them.

Camden Council had previously written to Camden Town EE Shop to remind them of their responsibilities regarding waste disposal in December 2016.

Councillor Adam Harrison, Cabinet Member for Improving Camden's Environment at Camden Council, said: "As a major, BT-owned, company, EE should really know better than to fly-tip our streets.

"This ruling sends a clear message - it doesn’t matter whether you’re a multinational business, we do not tolerate illegal fly-tipping in Camden and we will catch up with you if you don’t help us take care of the borough.

"Just as we now ask residents to recycle more and call up if they want large items taken away, so too businesses have to play their part and be good neighbours too. They need to take care of their immediate environment, recycle and dispose of their waste correctly."

Camden Council has no hesitation in seeking to prosecute individuals or businesses who do not pay fixed penalty notices for fly-tipping, with courts able to hand out fines of up to £50,000 to guilty parties if they see fit.