Caterham café owner fined £1,357 for dumping waste in recycling bins

December 26, 2017
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A Caterham café owner has admitted not disposing of his waste properly but blames the previous owner and the council for the error.

Kadir Gurpinar who owns Eddies Cafe on Chaldon Road pleaded guilty on Monday, December 11 to putting waste from the café in nearby recycling bins despite multiple visits over a five month period from council officers who advised him of the correct course of action.

Mr Gurpinar has been order to pay a total of £1,357 including a fine, compensation and court costs after admitting guilt to 11 charges of not disposing of waste properly.

On five separate occasions waste was found to be disposed in nearby recycle bins, designated for residents of the Raglan Precinct, which the shop backs onto.

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The contamination meant waste from the recycle bags had to instead go to landfill at an extra cost to the taxpayer.

Despite this, a spokeswoman for the café has blamed the shop’s previous owner and the council, alleging that they did not have use of the “correct blue bin” for at least six weeks after taking over the business in March.

Turkan Gurpinar, 47, is the mother of the owner and said: “We have been using the bins as we had nowhere else to put the rubbish.

“We were told by the previous owner that he had sorted the bins but they never came so after a while we ordered them again.

Kadir Gurpinar who trades as Eddies Cafe of Chaldon Road, Caterham pleaded guilty of 11 charges

Kadir Gurpinar who trades as Eddies Cafe of Chaldon Road, Caterham pleaded guilty of 11 charges
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“He was here for nine months before and told us he had sorted a bin. It was only when we called the council after it didn’t arrive that we found out he hadn’t done anything about it.

“It was only for five weeks before the bins arrived and as far as I know the officers have only come then.

“Of course we are very disappointed by the amount of the fine, it has been a real worry for us with what has happened as it’s a lot of money for a business like this.

“Since we have run the café business has grown and it’s picking up but we are concerned of the impact this decision may have.”

But a Tandridge District Council spokeswoman said “at no point was the business waiting for a bin from the council” as they do not supply bins to businesses.

It is up to businesses to dispose of their own waste through a contract with a waste disposal company.

Despite advice and visits from both recycling officers and waste enforcement officer, Mr Gurpinar continued to put waste in the bins while not employing a company to collect waste from his business.

He also failed to attend an interview at Tandridge District Council’s offices.

He has since arranged a regular collection service to ensure he is properly disposing of the waste.

Councillor Nick Childs, chairman of the Community Services Committee, said: “We are keen to work with and support all businesses across the district and we only prosecute as a last resort.

“We are pleased Eddies Café is now dealing with its waste in a responsible manner as contaminated recycling bins create additional problems and costs.”

The breakdown of the charges included a fine of £615 for putting waste from the café in recycling bins and failing to attend an interview, £212 compensation in relation to special collections to deal with the contaminated recycling and £30 to the victim support fund, plus legal costs of £500.

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