Leeds City Council is threatening people with hefty fines if they don’t correctly dispose of their household rubbish.
It follows a spate of prosections against people throwing loose waste into their gardens, or leaving it lying in the street, causing litter and pest problems.
Environmental action officers have been patrolling priority areas where litter is an issue to ensure that uncontained rubbish isn’t causing additional problems 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 after 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.
Coun 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 and 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 properties as soon as is practical after collection.