Blaenau Gwent council is to collect photographic evidence on residents’ bins and issue fixed penalty notices of up to £100 for persistent non recyclers, under a forthcoming compulsory recycling scheme.
The council is to introduce a “staged enforcement” procedure to increase the council’s recycling rate to 52% by 2013 from its current recycling rate of 35%, in order to meet the statutory recycling targets set by the Welsh Assembly Government.
Under the scheme, residents who “misuse” their bin on more than four occasions, by overfilling bins, placing rubbish by the side of bins or surpassing the five bag per household limit will receive a fixed penalty notice. The first three offences will see warning stickers placed on the bins and photographic evidence collected.
Houses which do not recycle at all will receive three warning letters and a bag or bin inspection after 16 weeks, while thank you letters will be sent out to those who do participate.
Blaenau Gwent Council executive member for the environment Cllr Keith Barnes said: “We need to get across to people exactly what it means for this Council and Blaenau Gwent if we do not meet the recycling targets set by the Welsh Assembly Government – it could mean fines of millions.
“The enforcement scheme is a last resort and I would encourage everyone in Blaenau Gwent to get involved in recycling. I would also like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to those of you who already do.”
According to the Welsh Assembly Government’s Towards Zero Waste strategy targets, Welsh local authorities should have recycled 40% of their waste by 2009/2010.