City firm pays out £22,000 for dumping over 40 bags of rubbish in Square Mile street

A City of London business has been forced to pay out nearly £22,000 for fly-tipping over 40 bags of rubbish and cardboard on Vine Street in the Square Mile.

Local authority the City of London Corporation prosecuted Empire Inc Limited, of 37 Jewry Street, London EC3, under Section 33 (1) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 on Thursday 26 January.

The firm was fined for dumping on three separate occasions dating back to November 2015.

Empire was fined £20,000 with £1,756 costs.

No-one appeared on behalf of the company and there was no response to the summons.

Wendy Mead, Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Environment Committee said:

We will not tolerate fly tipping on City streets.

“Our job is to ensure that the Square Mile is kept clean and safe for businesses to operate, residents to live and visitors to enjoy.

“The City’s workers and residents rightly expect the street scene to be of a very high standard and we will always prosecute fly tippers.”

The City Corporation is committed to maintaining London’s position as the world’s leading financial services centre, and upholding its reputation as one of the cleanest cities in the world.

A total of 16,580 businesses operate in the City of London – the vast majority being small and medium enterprises.


Notes to editors

The offences

  1. 10/11/15 - 40 plus large unidentifiable black refuse sacks dumped on Vine Street, London EC3.
  1. 30/11/15 - Two fly tips of black and white refuse sacks and a collection of cardboard found on opposite sides of the junction of Vine Street and India Street EC3.
  1. 07/12/15 - Pile of waste in a fire exit doorway which exits onto Vine Street consisting of cardboard and black refuse sacks.

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