Council uses new powers to clean up our streets

Posted on: 20 July 2018

A Barnstaple resident has been issued with a fine for leaving their household waste on the street.

The householder, from Sunflower Road, Barnstaple, was handed a £60 fine after ignoring advice by North Devon Council about how to present their waste for collection, leading to complaints by neighbours.

Neighbourhood Officers are using new powers under S46 Environmental Protection Act 1990 to fine occupiers if they fail to present their household waste correctly or at the right times. Where a resident does not comply with the council’s system of waste collection, the authority can serve a legal notice on them, which explains how to store, dispose of and present their waste for collection. If this notice is ignored, a fixed penalty notice (FPN) will be issued as a last resort.

North Devon Council’s Executive Member for Environment, Councillor Rodney Cann, says: “We want to keep our streets as clean and tidy as possible, and there are a few people who spoil it for others by not taking responsibility for their own rubbish. Failing to use our waste collection service correctly can attract flytipping, vermin, be unsightly and upset other residents. We will continue to work with all householders and commercial properties to provide education and advice on how to manage their waste, and ensure North Devon continues to be a wonderful place to live.”

The council has reminded customers that waste bins, bags and boxes should be placed out on collection days before 7am, or after 7pm on the day before. At all other times waste and recycling should be kept on your premises.

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