Dump the wrong waste in town litter bins and face a fine of up to £2,500

One of Boston Borough Council's litter bins.
One of Boston Borough Council's litter bins.

Council bosses are warning residents not to dump their household waste in the town’s litter bins - with offenders facing a fine of up to £2,500.

One resident left bags of household waste including documents which enabled the council to identify who they were.

Signs on bins warn offenders could face a fine of up to �2,500

Signs on bins warn offenders could face a fine of up to �2,500

The council said the resident has been sent a warning letter.

Coun Michael Brookes, Boston Borough Council’s portfolio holder for waste services, said: “Putting household waste in litter bins is inconsiderate, illegal and unnecessary. It doesn’t help us keep the borough clean and tidy.

“Excess side waste, properly bagged, will be taken with your wheelie bin rubbish. And it you are regularly producing excess waste and need an extra bin, talk to us and we may be able to provide one.”

A spokesman for the council added: “All bins have a notice on them making it clear that it is an offence to dispose of domestic, household or trade waste in them.

“Offenders have to pay a fixed penalty fine of £75 or risk a fine of up to £2,500 if the case goes to court.”

If wheelie bins are full, excess waste will be collected if left in a bag at the side of the presented wheelie bin.

The spokesman warned: “Do not be tempted to to cram more into the bin so that the lid will not shut.

“That will prevent the its collection as an open lid fouls the hydraulic lifting mechanism on the back of the refuge freighters and poses a danger to the bin men.”

He added: “Excess waste should not be left in bags at the side of a litter bin. This is classed as an offence of fly-tipping.”

A warning notice on the side of each bin reads: ‘Boston Borough Council has designated this bin for the disposal of general pedestrian litter and bagged animal waste only.

‘It is an offence to dispose of domestic, household or trade waste in this bin’.

l Anyone who thinks they may require an additional wheelie bin should call the council on 01205 314 464.