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Basildon Council introduce £75 fines for 'wrong' rubbish - COMMENT UPDATE

Householders in Basildon face on-the-spot fines of £75 for putting out their rubbish on the wrong day, in the wrong container or at the wrong time.


Basildon District Council wants to hit persistent offenders in the pocket for those residents who refuse to participate in its recycling scheme.

It is one of the first councils in
England to embrace the Governments plans to issue offenders with fixed penalty notices as part of a broader move to encourage recycling.

Cabinet member for environment Councillor Stephen Hiller welcomed the move.

He said: We know that there are a number of residents who for some reason will resist all our appeals to help us meet our targets for recycling.

This is despite the improvements we have been making to the service to make it easier than ever to recycle all kinds of waste products.

Last year our recycling levels reached about 28% but we need to do more if we are to meet our statutory targets.

It is an offence under the Environmental Protection Act to use the wrong bin or sack and put out waste on the wrong day or before the set time.


A warning letter will be sent out to the resident who persists in these acts.
 
Following this, if the offending continued, a second letter and a visit from a member of the enforcement team would follow.
Following this, if the offending continued, a second letter and a visit from a member of the enforcement team would follow.

On the third offence, a fixed penalty notice would be issued carrying a £75 fine.

The council hope that the fines will act as a warning for those who put wrong items in wrong containers, which contaminate whole batches of recycled waste.

They stress that the measures are likely to affect only a minority of residents and that most will notice no difference as a result of the new approach.

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