Bin done for ignoring warnings

A Leeds resident has been fined for continuing to leave their bins out on the street for five months.

Yasmine Rushfirth of Nowell Grove, Burmantofts, ignored six reminders and warnings to remove two wheeled bins from the street outside her property.

A first reminder to put bins out on time and put them away after they’d been collected was issued to Rushfirth back in October 2011.

Another 125 other residents received the same letter as rubbish and litter are a particular problem in the Nowells area. This is often caused by bins being left out or overflowing and the council is working hard with residents to change this.

Despite these efforts, nearly two and half months and several complaints from local residents later, the offending bins were still on the street.

Numerous attempts to contact Rushfirth were made to offer assistance and legal notices were issued to encourage her to put the bins away. Her failure to act on these warnings resulted in a fixed penalty notice being issued in March 2012.

The penalty wasn’t paid and Rushforth was prosecuted. The case was heard at Leeds Magistrates court last week.

Rushforth was order to pay a £100 fine, £851.13 in costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment, said:

“Leaving bins out for this length of time just isn’t an option. They cause an obstruction, it can encourage people to misuse them and contributes to litter. We will take action when needed and indeed it’s residents themselves who are demanding that we take a tougher line.

“We’ve made a commitment to provide a waste and recycling service that’s right for our residents and to work with residents to keep their neighbourhoods clean. For these commitments to produce results we need residents to work with us to put their bins out in time for collection and to put them away as soon as is practical once they’re emptied.”

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