£100 on-the-spot fine for leav­ing bin out on wrong day

RE­PEAT OF­FEND­ERS FACE PENALTY IF THEY IG­NORE WARN­INGS

Bangor Mail - - News - Gareth Wil­liams

PEO­PLE who leave their bins out for col­lec­tion on the wrong days are set to be hit with £100 on-the-spot fines.

The new pol­icy, ap­proved by Gwynedd Coun­cil’s cabi­net last Tues­day, could see re­peat of­fend­ers given fixed penalty no­tices if prior warn­ings are un­heeded.

The move fol­lows con­cerns that such con­tain­ers were block­ing pave­ments and caus­ing a safety hazard as well as be­ing un­sightly.

As a re­sult, the coun­cil will now un­der­take a county-wide pro­mo­tion cam­paign to raise aware­ness of the waste and re­cy­cling ar­range­ments.

This will in­clude “QR code” stick­ers be­ing placed on boxes and bins to al­low 24 hour re­minders of waste col­lec­tion days and what items can be re­cy­cled.

How­ever, there will also be a par­tic­u­lar fo­cus on Ban­gor, with of­fi­cers ac­knowl­edg­ing the heavy stu­dent pop­u­la­tion and dif­fer­ing de­mog­ra­phy to the rest of the county.

Cllr Ca­trin Wa­ger, the port­fo­lio holder for Mu­nic­i­pal Ser­vices and who rep­re­sents the city’s Me­nai ward, told the meet­ing in Caernar­fon that the new pol­icy had been de­signed to tackle the is­sues raised “whilst also be­ing fair,” stress­ing that fines would only be used as a “last re­sort.”

“There have been con­cerns in some com­mu­ni­ties for some time about bins and re­cy­cling boxes be­ing left out on the street through­out the week, ob­struct­ing pave­ments and gen­er­ally hav­ing a neg­a­tive ef­fect on how com­mu­ni­ties look,” she said.

“In some ar­eas, bins left out for days af­ter col­lec­tion can cause a real is­sue for par­ents with prams and dis­abled peo­ple who have to go out into the high­way due to bins block­ing pave­ments.

“Af­ter a de­tailed in­ves­ti­ga­tion by mem­bers of the Coun­cil’s Scru­tiny Com­mit­tee, we aim now to en­cour­age res­i­dents to make the best use of the waste and re­cy­cling col­lec­tions we of­fer, and to tackle some spe­cific prob­lems.”

She added: “I be­lieve that the vast ma­jor­ity of the is­sues iden­ti­fied can be dealt with by en­cour­ag­ing res­i­dents to put their bins out for col­lec­tion day only, and by do­ing more to raise aware­ness and ed­u­cate peo­ple about the var­i­ous col­lec­tions on of­fer.

“Our pri­or­ity will be to work with res­i­dents and busi­nesses to over­come any prob­lems. Then, only as a last re­sort when all other av­enues have been ex­hausted would we con­sider the need for en­force­ment ac­tion in those in­stances where res­i­dents con­tinue to ig­nore the ad­vice pro­vided.”

But in re­sponse to con­cerns that re­cy­cling trucks were re­spon­si­ble for lit­ter­ing in their own right, Cllr Wa­ger went on to note that pro­posed changes in shift pat­terns would see refuse staff al­lo­cated par­tic­u­lar com­mu­ni­ties which was hoped would see staff “take own­er­ship” of their ar­eas.

It was added that the changes, which have al­ready been in place in Dwyfor since July, have seen a sharp re­duc­tion of such com­plaints.

Cllr Dil­wyn Morgan said: “I wel­come what’s be­ing pro­posed that we don’t want to be heavy handed but to work with com­mu­ni­ties.

“We cer­tainly need to go af­ter the plague of bins be­ing left out on streets seven days a week though.”

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