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Residents to be fined for bags of rubbish

The term ‘waste crime’ is about to take on a brand new persona with a Leicestershire council set to treat any bags left next to wheelie bins as fly-tipped.

The Government’s Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act will give councils the power to hand out fines of up to £300 from next month, but Melton Borough Council officials suggest fines are more likely to be around £100 for any rubbish left on the pavement.

Dustmen will collect waste from inside the bins only throughout Melton, with people told that if they recycle properly, there is no reason for their wheelie-bins to be over-filled.

Melton Borough Council senior waste management officer Raman Selvon said: “Sacks of refuse being left in the streets can split and spill out rubbish and litter all over the area.

“We will soon have the authority to issue fixed-penalty notices for a range of infringements, and this is one of them.”

While councils across Leicestershire warn they could introduce similar initiatives when the act comes into effect, binmen in Melton will report offenders to council officials, who will then visit the households. People would probably receive a warning first.

While residents have complained about having nowhere to put rubbish if it doesn’t all fit in the bin, the council did suggest that in exceptional circumstances, such as for very large families, collections for extra waste could be arranged.

Leicester City Council, Harborough District Council and Blaby District Council also said they are considering implementing fines.

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