A MACHYNLLETH firm has been fined £300 for dumping commercial waste in black bags in the town.

Powys County Council (PCC) waste awareness and enforcement officers carried out an investigation after receiving a complaint from street cleaners about commercial waste being dumped in black bags in the town.

A local business was served with a legal notice requiring it to provide documents showing it had a valid commercial waste and recycling service. The business was unable to account for disposal of waste from its activity and received a £300 penalty notice.

Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Heulwen Hulme said: “It is important to keep town centres clean and tidy to attract tourists and maintain a pleasant environment for residents and businesses.

“Most of our businesses understand they have a legal duty of care to dispose of their commercial waste properly and keep the evidence to prove it. Regrettably a minority do not but they run the risk of prosecution and a £300 fixed penalty."

For advice about commercial waste and recycling contact trade.waste@powys.gov.uk