Council enforcing “two-sack” black bin bag policy in Northampton today

Council wardens were seen collecting black bin bags and side waste in  Kingsthorpe this morning. Picture shows just some of the rubbish left out in the area today.
Council wardens were seen collecting black bin bags and side waste in Kingsthorpe this morning. Picture shows just some of the rubbish left out in the area today.
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People who leave out black bin liners full of waste on bin collection days have been targeted in Northampton today as part of a bid to enforce its “two-sack” policy.

It is now more than three months since Enterprise, the company contracted to carry out bin collections in Northampton, began collecting only rubbish left out in regulation green sacks or in a recycling container supplied by the council.

In July residents reported hundreds of non-regulation black bin liners were being left on the street after collection days as a result, though Enterprise said it was only following the terms of its contract with the council, drawn up in 2013.

However, residents reported seeing a van today following behind the usual tipper truck in the Kingsthorpe area today.

A borough council spokesman confirmed the van was collecting just the black liners left out in a bid to find out which households had been breaking the two green sacks only rule.

Those found to be leaving out the black liners today will be issued with warning notices and could face prosecution if they continue to do so.

Northampton Borough Council cabinet member for environment, Councillor Alan Bottwood (Con, Upton) said: “Our neighbourhood wardens are out and about in the community supporting Enterprise by looking at the streets and households who are still not recycling. They are reporting on where people are putting out more sacks than they should, and arranging to have these removed quickly.

“We are committed to keeping our communities and neighbourhoods clean. And will consider legal action against anyone fly-tipping their waste by putting out more than two sacks.

“We appreciate this may be frustrating to some people, but our neighbourhood wardens are working hard to make sure everything is cleared away quickly as soon as it is reported. The costs of this work are being recharged to Enterprise.”