PEOPLE across Uttoxeter are being reminded to make sure they put their bins away after they have been emptied – or face the possibility of being fined.
Wardens from East Staffordshire Borough Council patrol the streets on a regular basis and one of their tasks is to check if wheelie bins and recycling containers are being left out after they have been emptied.
Now, people are being reminded of the rules and regulations about what they can and cannot do in relation to their bins.
Bins are supposed to be put out for emptying after 6.30pm on the evening prior to collection.
When the bins have been emptied, homeowners have to remove their bin and put it within the boundary of their property by no later than 10pm on the evening of collection.
The borough council can take legal action against residents who fail to remove their wheelie bins from the pavement after they have been emptied.
A spokesman for the council said: “The council has various powers for addressing the issue of waste and recycling bins being left out on streets for unreasonable periods of time.
“In the first instance the council will engage with a resident through visits to the property and written correspondence. Should the resident persist then further additional action can be taken, including the issuing of a fixed penalty notice.”
In 2008, East Staffordshire Borough Council has been granted permission to issue fixed penalty notices to those who persistently leave bins on the public highway after collections have taken place.
At the time, the council said the clampdown was aimed at improving the appearance of neighbourhoods.
People wanting to report bins left out are asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org