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Make sure you put your bin away or you might be given a fine

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 07, 2014

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PEOPLE across Burton are being reminded to make sure they put their bins away after they have been emptied – or face the possibility of being fined.

Wardens from East Staffordshire Borough Council patrol the streets on a regular basis and one of their tasks is to check if wheelie bins and recycling containers are being life out after they have been emptied.

Now, people are being reminded of the rules and regulations about what they can and can’t do in relation to their bins.

Bins are supposed to be put out for emptying after 6.30pm on the evening prior to collection.

When the bins have been emptied, homeowners have to remove their bin and put it within the boundary of their property by no later than 10pm on the evening of the day of collection.

The borough council can take legal action against residents who fail to remove their wheelie bins from the pavement after they have been emptied.

A spokesman for the council said: “The council has various powers for addressing the issue of waste and recycling bins being left out on streets for unreasonable periods of time.

“In the first instance the council will engage with a resident through visits to the property and written correspondence. Should the resident persist then further additional action can be taken, including the issuing of a fixed penalty notice.”

Brizlincote Parish Council warned residents in a recent newsletter: “Did you know that East Staffordshire Borough Council wardens patrol the local community on a regular basis and one of their tasks is to check refuse and recycling containers are not being left out on the street after your collection. This includes grey, blue or brown bins and the blue bag.”

In 2008, East Staffordshire Borough Council has been granted permission to issue fixed penalty notices to those who persistently leave bins on the public highway after collections have taken place.

At the time, the council said the clampdown was aimed at improving the appearance of neighbourhoods and stopping streets from becoming ‘eyesores’.

Environment bosses said bins could also present a danger to pedestrians, especially those with impaired vision or disabilities, and parents with pushchairs.

South Derbyshire District Council revealed that homeowners in the area would not be fined for leaving their bin out after it had been emptied. However, people were asked to remove their bin from the pavement as soon as possible.

Bins left on the street after collection can be reported by emailing environment@eaststaffsbc.gov.uk

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