Dozens of residents in Pendle, Lancashire are being threatened with £1,000 fines if they fail to recycle.
Over the last two weeks, 63 people have been issued with formal legal notices for leaving bags out next to their grey bins, which the council claims is making neighbours “fed up with their actions”. This follows warning letters and the offer of additional recycling boxes.
Pendle councillor and executive member for the environment John David said: “We have been delighted with the large increase in our recycling rate, which is now running at about 34%, compared to about 20% last year, and in general the system is working well.
“In the end, if residents are not prepared to cooperate and are affecting the lives of their neighbours, then we will take action – and we are now doing just that.
“The council is taking the matter very seriously and if residents who have received explanatory letters and notices over the last few weeks do not comply, they will be taken to court. We will continue this in other problem areas and repeat the process.”
The threat follows on from the example of Exeter mum Donna Challice who is currently before the courts for allegedly placing general waste into her recycling bin. If found guilty, she could be the first person to be fined £1,000 under the Environmental Protection Act.