We issue Section 46 Notices to individual properties. These instruct residents how to manage their waste and are issued as and when an issue arises. It covers
- How to present bins put out for collection
- To keep bins off the pavement after collection day
- Not to put extra bags of general waste out (side waste)
The Environment Agency has issued a press release urging households to play their part in preventing waste crime during the coronavirus pandemic.
There are some easy steps the public can take to take to avoid unwittingly contributing to waste crime:
- Check the people taking away your rubbish are registered waste carriers. Ideally they should have a copy of their registration documents on them; ask to see these. You can check their licence number at environment.data.gov.uk/public-register, or call 03708 506506 and the Environment Agency can check for you
- Get a written receipt/transfer note showing their contact details, a description of your waste and details of where they are taking it
- Note down the make, colour and registration number of the vehicle that’s taking your waste away
Section 46 frequently asked questions
Why was the notice sent to me? I manage my bins and recycle properly. SHOW
You have not been singled out. The letter and notice you received have been sent out to properties city wide to make sure everybody understands the requirements for presenting household waste.
We also wanted to thank everyone for their efforts because most residents are using the bins properly and recycling well. The colour flyer that came with the letter shows the types of waste that can be recycled in the Blue-lidded wheelie bin so we hope this will help residents get it right.
What if other people put rubbish into my recycling bin? SHOW
We are aware that this can happen so our officers will always engage with residents to offer assistance and advice to resolve their problems.
The enforcement process itself involves us notifying residents that a problem has been identified, and provides opportunities for residents to explain the circumstances and ask for support. Fixed penalties are reserved only for the persistent cases where it is clear that a resident refuses to try and manage their waste properly.
Is this just the council trying to raise some money from residents? SHOW
No this is not the purpose at all. Our aim is to improve recycling rates and keep the streets cleaner and we hope to secure compliance from the early stages of the enforcement process. We are not trying to catch people out.
We notify residents that a problem has been identified, and provide an opportunity for residents to explain the circumstances and ask for support. This should resolve most situations so we expect the actual number of Fixed Penalties to be relatively few. Although technically the council keeps the receipts from Fixed Penalties, the government restricts what can be done with that money, and may make regulations in the future to restrict that further.
I am worried I will put something in the wrong bin and get fined. SHOW
As the letter says, we understand that people may slip up from time to time. If this happens to you, the enforcement process involves us notifying residents that a problem has been identified, and provides opportunities for residents to explain the circumstances and ask for support. So please respond to letters from the Enforcement Team if you find yourself in this position, and we will work with you to resolve the situation.
Fixed penalties are reserved only for the persistent cases where it is clear that a resident refuses to try and manage their waste properly.
You are just encouraging people to fly-tip by not taking waste put beside the bin. SHOW
By making it a requirement that all the waste needs to be within the bin, the aim is to stop the practice of side waste being left out as this tends to be wind-blown, or attract pests and wildlife to damage it. Both scenarios tend to lead to the contents being distributed into the local environment which needs to be dealt with by the council or by residents themselves, who take pride in the area.
The other main aim is to encourage residents to put all the recyclable waste in the blue lidded bin, so that only a smaller amount of general, non-recyclable waste will need to go into the household wheelie bin.
If residents need additional bin capacity on a regular basis they can apply for a larger bin. Any requests for a larger waste bin will require a visit by a Recycling Officer.