Body Shop fined more than £10,000 for fly-tipping in Ilford
PUBLISHED: 14:38 30 August 2017 | UPDATED: 16:54 30 August 2017
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The Body Shop has to pay more than £10,000 after dumping 39 cardboard boxes in Ilford.
The health and beauty retailer, based in the Exchange shopping centre, pleaded guilty at Barking Magistrates Court last Friday to fly-tipping after an employee used another company’s trade waste bins on Chadwick Road in October.
The shop will pay £10,809 in fines, legal expenses, clean up costs and a victim surcharge.
Councillor Sheila Bain, cabinet member for enforcement and community safety, said despite the Body Shop being a company that prides itself on environmental protection, if staff disregard their responsibilities they will fall foul of the law.
“Body Shop has since had to retrain 3,000 staff so that they know their responsibilities towards managing their waste and to the local community,” she said.
“When we have evidence of people fly-tipping we will take action, no matter how big or small the offence.
“The fact it was an immediate guilty plea shows how sound the prosecution case was prepared and presented.”
A Body Shop spokeswoman said: “The Body Shop is committed to environmental sustainability and took this issue very seriously. “We co-operated with the court throughout the process and took full responsibility for the incident.
“Although this was an isolated incident, we are working with our teams across the country to ensure it does not happen again.”
To report fly-tipping visit redbridge.gov.uk/report-it