A Sheffield business that illegally burned waste has been ordered to pay out £355 by magistrates in Sheffield, after being taken to court by Sheffield City Council.

Vision Trade Frames Limited, of Bamburgh House, Cuthbert Bank Road, appeared before Sheffield Magistrates Court on the afternoon of Thursday 14th January, charged with one count of burning waste.

The case against Vision Trade Frames began after a member of the public reported smoke being emitted from the premises and entering her home. A council environment officer responded to the complaint and found ash and other debris on the premises.

Following an interview under caution, The Managing Director of Vision Trade Frames pleaded guilty at the Magistrates Court.

Magistrates fined the company £135 for the offence, and ordered them to pay costs of £200 to the Council, as well as imposing a Victim Surcharge of £20, giving a total of £355.

Tony Downing, Cabinet Assistant for Environment and Transport said: “We are committed to improving air quality in Sheffield. Illegal burning of waste causes harmful fumes and toxins in our air, and nearby residents should not be subjected to breathing them in. We take complaints like this seriously because the smoke can have a direct impact on people’s health.

“There are legitimate ways that businesses can dispose of their waste so there is no excuse for illegally burning it – if they choose to go down this route we will take action against them and we encourage people to report incidents of this kind.”

People who would like to report commercial waste burning, or who would like further information on how to dispose of waste responsibly, can visit the council website at www.sheffield.gov.uk/environment/waste or call 0114 2037410.