Borough council urges people to report their neighbours if they do not follow bin collection policy in Northampton

Rubbish on the Mounts area of Northampton. NNL-150707-121047009
Rubbish on the Mounts area of Northampton. NNL-150707-121047009

Residents are being urged to shop their neighbours on a new hotline aimed at dealing with people not following Northampton’s new two green sack policy.

The hotline has been launched by Northampton Borough Council following the controversy first revealed by the Chronicle & Echo that saw some streets in the town lined with rubbish and litter.

The two green sack policy has been used since September 2013 but only recently have the rules been enforced. Under the policy, only two green sacks will be collected from each household.

Opposition politicians have led calls for the service to be brought back in-house to the borough council following a series of complaints from residents.

A spokesman for Northampton Borough Council said: “Whilst most households are complying with the policy, there are some that are not.

“Extra crews are being sent to clear the streets of uncollected sacks and action is being taken to educate and warn offenders that they run the risk of being fined if they do not comply with the two green sack policy.

“Supplies of green sacks are also being given to households that have run out so that they can present their rubbish correctly,” he said.

Councillor Mary Markham, leader of Northampton Borough Council, added: “The government’s target is for all local authorities to be recycling 50 per cent of their waste by 2020. Our current target is 48 per cent, but despite making it easier for people to recycle and increasing the types of recycling we collect, we are only achieving around 44 per cent. More has got to be done, and that includes enforcing the two green sack policy.

“We are doing all we can to help people comply with the policy, but communities need to help us deal with those householders who aren’t complying. The hotline has been set up to provide people with a direct line to report problems in their neighbourhoods.

“Please call us if someone near you is putting out their rubbish incorrectly – on the wrong day or in the wrong sacks. We will do our bit, but I urge people to help us by calling the hotline and telling us what’s happening and who is doing it. A quick call is all that is needed and we will take it from there.”

The dedicated hotline to report people presenting their waste sacks incorrectly is 01604 838858. Lines are open 9am to 5pm weekdays and a quick call is all that is needed. Alternatively you can report your concerns to us online http://selfserve.northampton.gov.uk/mycouncil/reportIt.html
For all other customer enquiries to do with waste and recycling collections, including requests for green sacks, call 0300 330 7000 or email recycling@northampton.gov.uk.