A SUPERMARKET has been been ordered to pay more than £7,300 in fines and court costs after waste from the supermarket was found in South Oxfordshire.

Mrs Thi Thanh Hoa Dao, the director of Bao An Orientals Ltd, Soho Road, Handsworth, Birmingham, appeared at Oxford Magistrates Court on Friday 13 November. She pleaded guilty to four charges under Section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 for failing in her duty of care for commercial waste.

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On November 4 2019, South Oxfordshire District council received report of fly tipping in the entrance to a disused warehouse in Pyrton Lane, Pyrton, Watlington. A van full of cardboard and packaging was found by an environmental enforcement officer found and some of the packaging was addressed to Mrs Hoa Dao’s supermarket.

In an interview Mrs Hoa Dao told council officers she paid £25 cash to some individuals to remove excess waste from her business, but she was unable to provide details of the individuals.

She said her business was an oriental supermarket with two staff and a turnover of £6,000 per week. She said she had learnt lessons regarding who they passed their waste onto.