Gwynedd Council will consider imposing fines for residents and businesses who leave their bins out on the streets and those using the recycling incorrectly.
The council are taking action after a number of ongoing complaints, especially in Bangor, where bins and recycling boxes being left out on the street obstructing pavements, causing problems for parents with prams and disabled people.
The ‘Waste Enforcement Scrutiny Investigation Report’ will be discussed by the council cabinet on Tuesday (17 September) and recommends that a county-wide promotion campaign is undertaken to raise awareness of the waste and recycling arrangements, with a particular focus on the City of Bangor.
The move follows two years of consultation across the county on how to tackle problems with people putting out bins for collection on the wrong day, or leaving them on the street for days on end. The council also wants to ensure residents are recycling properly and not dumping recyclable items in bins designated for landfill waste.
The recommendations sets out steps to issue a fine as a matter of priority for residents and businesses who dispose of their waste on the wrong day or in the incorrect way, or leave bins out cluttering the streets.
Fixed penalty notices of up to £100 could be issued if the plans are adopted and repeat offenders could end up in court facing fines of up to £1,000.
The council are likely to take action ‘as a matter of priority’ when residents and businesses:
- dispose of their waste on the wrong day
- who dispose their waste in the incorrect way
- who leave their bins out on the street at all times
Gwynedd Council, in partnership with Bangor University, have already taken steps to deal with waste and recycling problems, by holding ‘blitz’ campaigns, such as the end of year “Hey Punk, sort your Junk” campaign and discussions with the Officers from the Student’s Union.
As a result of the focus group with Bangor University students, the council have found that using social media and websites, as well as knocking on the doors of student accommodation, is the most effective way of raising awareness.
Council cabinet member Catrin Wager said: “I believe that the vast majority of the issues identified can be dealt with by encouraging residents to put their bins out for collection day only, and by doing more to raise awareness and educate people about the various collections on-offer.
“Only as a last resort when all other avenues have been exhausted would we consider the need for enforcement action in those instances where residents continue to ignore the advice provided.”