A Knighton business has been slapped with a fine after failing to produce documentation for the removal of trade waste.

A statement from Powys County Council’s Waste Awareness and Enforcement Team said they issued the £300 fixed penalty notice to the unnamed business after the recycling crews reported significant volumes of recycling being put out for the domestic collection each week.

A waste enforcement officer investigated which revealed significant amounts of commercial activity taking place at this site. The fine has now been paid, the council say.

Cllr Phyl Davies, Cabinet Member for Recycling and Waste, said it was vital that businesses understood their responsibilities.

"We want local business to thrive in Powys but to do this we need to ensure that all businesses are complying with the law," he said.

"It is vital that all businesses are aware of their legal responsibilities surrounding proper storage, transportation and disposal of controlled waste. Waste is tightly regulated for a good reason.

"Our team take an intelligence-led approach to verify that waste is not being disposed of illegally but we can carry out spot-checks on business at any time so it is important to make sure businesses keep their paperwork in order.

"Ultimately this will help to protect the environment and public health by making sure all commercial refuse and recycling is only handled by professional operators so we can be sure that it doesn’t end up in the wrong place."