Record fine given to business for dumping waste in Epping Forest

By Suzi Muston in Environment

A business and one of its managers has been ordered to pay record fines totalling £23,430 for dumping rubbish in Epping Forest.

The waste, which was traced by investigators to Elvan Food Centre in Hertford Road, Enfield, was left in Bury Road car park, part of Epping Forest.

The rubbish dumped consisted of cardboard, wooden vegetable trays and grocery store packaging.

Uygar Altun, of Enfield, who was responsible for the day to day operation of Elvan Food Centre, was ordered to pay a fine totalling £3,000.

Elvan Food Ltd was fined £20,430.

Commenting on the case, the district judge, Jane McIvor said the fly-tips were some of the ’worst she had seen in a long time.’

The fines are a record for the City of London Corporation, which manages the ancient woodland of Epping Forest.

It brought the prosecutions under environmental protection laws at Thames Magistrates Court in Bow.

Philip Woodhouse, chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Epping Forest Committee, said: “Dumping rubbish in Epping Forest is completely unacceptable and we take a zero-tolerance approach to it.

"It is unsightly, dangerous and damaging to the environment.

"Our job is to protect this ancient woodland and we will prosecute anyone found to be carrying out this sort of illegal activity."

Waltham Forest Council assisted with the case.

In recent years animals and rubbish dumped in Epping Forest has included a live cat, a live goat, several large dogs, a dead donkey and 16,000kg of building waste.

The City of London Corporation offers a £500 reward to individuals who can provide evidence which leads to prosecution for fly tipping.

The City of London Corporation cleans up an average of 600 fly tips and 300 tonnes of rubbish every year in Epping Forest at a cost of £250,000.

The City of London Corporation manages 11,000 acres of green space across London and south east England, including Hampstead Heath and Burnham Beeches, with many of its sites designated National Nature Reserves and Sites of Special Scientific Interest for their unique ecology and rare plant species.

Epping Forest is London and Essex’s largest open space, attracting nearly 5 million visits a year.

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