Thursday, 24 November 2011

Council gets tough on waste in Headingley

People living in the Headingley and Hyde Park areas who leave bins on the street for long periods face fines as council officials begin enforcement action to tidy up the streets.

In the past few weeks 3,400 letters have been sent out to households in the area reminding people of when their bin collection days are. Council staff have also been knocking on doors to explain to residents their responsibilities with regard to waste, littering, poor parking and other environmental issues.

But council officers say the six week campaign in the mainly student area has had a limited effect and from now on people who break the law will have to pay the penalty.

Last week the council staff issued 87 enforcement notices for bins on streets offences under section 46 of the Environmental Protection Act, 1990. Each enforcement notice carries a £75 fine.

The intensive enforcement phase will run into early 2012 but the council will continue its enforcement and educational activity in January and February 2012

Cllr Mark Dobson, Leeds City Council’s executive member for Environmental Services said:

“We are urging all residents to heed the advice that's been given during the education and advisory phases of the campaign and which will continue to be given in the area by our officers. Leaving bins out for long periods and littering around the streets is antisocial and inconsiderate of other residents and we will not tolerate this behaviour.”

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Annie Goodyear Leeds City Council press office (0113) 2243937
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