People in Northampton are being warned to only put out two green sacks of rubbish or risk being fined.
In recent weeks, Enterprise, the company who have the contract to dispose of waste on behalf of Northamptn Borough Council, have been putting warning notices on bags of rubbish that have been put out incorrectly.
Councillor Mike Hallam , the council’s cabinet member for the environment, said “most people” in the town were complying with the two green sack policy and were recycling as much as they could, but some were flouting the rule.
He said: “In line with our commitment in Northampton to recycle more and send less waste to landfill, we operate a two-sack policy in Northampton. “Since introducing the new green sacks in September we have been very clear about only collecting two green sacks per week from each household.
“Most people on sack collections are complying with the two green sacks policy and recycling as much as they can, but there are some who aren’t. We don’t want the streets looking a mess, but these people need to start taking responsibility for presenting their waste correctly and recycling more.” Councillor Hallam said uncollected waste left in the street is classed as fly tipping and action is being taken against those responsible.
He said increasing landfill tax costs means people need to be concerned about how much waste is sent to landfill.
The council said local authorities across the country have to minimise waste and increase recycling, otherwise council taxpayers will be hit by rising bills for dealing with rubbish.
Councillor Hallam added: “We will therefore continue to enforce Northampton’s two green sack policy and will leave warning stickers on rubbish not presented correctly.
“We will also serve notices to householders not complying, warning them that if they continue to present their waste incorrectly then they risk being fined.”
Anyone with a question about waste and recycling can call 0300 330 7000. Useful information about minimising waste and recycling can also be found on Northampton Borough Council’s website www.northampton.gov.uk/recycling