Mansfield to raise awareness of potential fines to stop cross-contamination of garden waste
Residents in Mansfield are being warned that they could face fixed penalty fines of £100 and/or have their bin removed if they are found to be deliberately placing incorrect items into their brown garden waste bin.
The move comes as Mansfield District Council has had four bin lorries full of garden waste rejected at the disposal point because the waste was intermingled with a large amount of the wrong material and couldn’t be composted.
The Council re-started garden waste collections, after the annual winter break, in March this year and already the amount of waste rejected has been greater than in the whole of the previous 12 months.
A spokesman for Mansfield District Council said: “We have always had this policy [of fining people for putting the wrong things into their bins] but we have never had to use it for our garden waste brown bins.
“Hopefully by reminding people it exists, it should encourage them to be a bit more aware of what they are putting in there. We honestly have no idea why this has been happening as we contact everyone once a year with information about what they can put in each bin and this has never happened before.”
Mansfield District Council also operates the fixed penalty fines for people putting the wrong items into their blue bins meant for dry recyclables.
Currently, Mansfield District Council has a recycling rate of 40% and, at present, has no plans to change or increase its current recycling offering.