Council clamp down on uncontained waste in priority areas

Following a spate of prosecutions, the council is encouraging people to use their wheeled bins to stop household rubbish spreading across street and gardens.

While the majority of residents bag and bin their rubbish, some find it acceptable to throw loose waste into their gardens or leave it lying on the street.

The council has a duty to ensure that people are storing their waste properly. Uncontained waste is easily blown across streets making communities look untidy and which the council has to clear up as litter. Rotting food waste is also a magnet for pests.

Environmental action officers patrol priority areas where litter is an issue to ensure that uncontained rubbish isn’t causing additional problems. The officers are happy to offer a friendly word of advice and can hand out legal notices to ensure people put rubbish in their bin. Fixed penalty notices can be issued if people don’t comply and can result in prosecution.

Three south Leeds women were called to appear before magistrates last month having failed to heed the council’s advice and warnings.

Leanne Gill, Claire Parle and Rozma Kauser, all from Beeston, were issued with legal notices after household rubbish, including rotting food and soiled nappies, were left in open bags in gardens or dumped on the street rather than in their black bins.

The women were fined a total of £600 and ordered to pay combined costs of £1,873.68 at Leeds magistrates court.

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

“While every person’s home is their castle, their garden or street certainly isn’t a rubbish tip.

“Litter and uncontained waste isn’t an issue that’s unique to south Leeds. We need to make sure that people across the city are doing their bit. We’d simply like to ask that all residents bag and bin their rubbish and use their wheeled bins appropriately.”

Paper, cardboard, cans, aerosols and plastic bottles should be put in green bins for recycling. Glass can be dropped off at recycling centres and points. Remaining waste should be placed in black bins.

Bins should be put out for collection by 7am on the scheduled collection day and returned to your property as soon as is practical after collection.

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Amanda Burns, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1577

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