New fines on bins

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RECYCLING will continue to be a priority for Fylde coast authorities following the introduction of new fines.

Fixed penalties now range from £60 to £110 for people putting out their recycling boxes on the wrong day or overfilling their bins.

But Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre councils have never had to impose fines, only taking action and warning residents when they are found to be fly-tipping or not taking their bins off the streets.

Coun Fred Jackson, cabinet member for streets and transport at Blackpool Council, said: “We have never had a heavy-handed approach to people that have not overfilled their bins or caused a problem in the neighbourhood.

“What we have done is talk to the people involved and talk to teams about people who may not be aware of procedures.

“This is important because we have a duty and a responsibility to all the people in Blackpool to keep the streets and back alleys as clean as we can.”

A spokesman for Fylde council added: “We receive some complaints typically from neighbours about people leaving their bins out and in those circumstances we send them reminder letters or they get a knock on the door.

“If they insist on ignoring those warnings we take their bin away and they have to apply for another.”

Local authorities are currently awaiting news from the Government about funding which would bring back weekly bin collections rather than a collection every fortnight for waste and recycling.

At present, all three councils do not intend to change their schedule for financial reasons.

Coun Peter Murphy, right, cabinet member with responsibility for recycling at Wyre Council, said: “We prefer to educate people on recycling issues rather than issue fines, as the vast majority of cases are down to people making genuine mistakes.

“However the council does need to be able to take action against persistent offenders who have a detrimental effect on their communities.”