Marmara Grill on Wilmslow Road in Manchester's curry mile has been fined more than £12,000 for dumping rubbish and waste behind its premises.
The takeaway was fined £1,500 for each of eight waste related offences and ordered to pay court costs of £875.45 and a £15 victim of crime surcharge at Manchester Magistrates Court.
During a routine patrol, city council officers found two large commercial waste bins overflowing with waste, lids fully open and a large amount of cardboard waste, oils drums and plastic stacked at the side of the bins. The officer visited the take-away to discuss the waste issue, making clear that the bins could attract vermin and requested that all excess waste outside the bins be removed and the lids remain closed at all times.
Returning the following day, the officer found the waste still surrounding the bins with the lid wide open. When staff at the premises were questioned they responded that the bins were collected another day – to which the officer reminded staff that the waste needed to be removed immediately and enforcement action would be taken.
City council officers returned to the site on several subsequent occasions noting that even when the bins were emptied, waste was still dumped around the bins – which were then filled to the extent that the lids could not close. The officer attempted to contact the owner of Marmara Grill, Salmon Mohammed, to directly advise him about the on-going waste issues, but despite leaving messages he did not respond.
Cllr Nigel Murphy, Manchester City Council's executive member for environment, said: "Overflowing waste is not only an eyesore for local people – and undoubtedly smelly – but it also attracts vermin and unless waste is managed responsibly this can become a real problem.
"We are happy to work closely with businesses to control their waste management and it is especially important that food premises take this seriously. But when advice ignored and waste problem persist regardless, we will prosecute."