London, Oct 22 : Frank Hughes, a British businessman, has been told to declare his sandwich wrapper a waste or pay a 300-pound fine.
When Hughes protested, visiting official from Liverpool City Council told him that he will be fined for breaking the law.
"They want to fine me 300 pounds for sandwich wrappers. The world's gone crazy. We got a letter from the council's environmental waste department, like everybody else, about six months ago asking us to declare the waste we produce," The Telegraph quoted Hughes, as saying.
"I wrote back to them saying we don't have any. We didn't get anything back and so I though nothing of it, until an officer walked into the office out of the blue for an inspection. There was no warning, he just bounded in and demanded to inspect our waste. He accused us of lying and said there are dire consequences for trying to avoid having a proper licence," he added.
However Liverpool City Council insisted it was only following the rules handed down by Whitehall.
"He needs to set up a Trade Waste Agreement for someone to take away his rubbish," Liverpool City Council spokesman said.
"We're trying to work with Mr Hughes to avoid him having to pay a fine. This is national legislation - all we're doing is enforcing it," the spokesman added.