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Residents ordered to clean-up after wheelie bin war in Hyndburn
A SPATE of ‘wheelie bin wars’ ended with a council stake-out and residents being ordered to clean up their acts. The Stourton, Livesey, Lord and Clifton Street area of Rishton have been monitored by the waste services enforcement team at Hyndburn Council over the past month after a series of problems.
The area was being blighted by dumpers, who were leaving extra waste beside already full bins. They were also fly-tipping bulky items, leaving refuse bins out for long periods, stealing bins and even putting their extra waste in somebody else’s bin.
The crackdown resulted in the team handing out nine orders demanding residents tidy up.
Anyone who fails to comply faces being fined.
Coun Paul Cox, cabinet member for waste services, said: “The enforcement team carried out a side waste inspection and was quite alarmed to see the scale of the problem.
“In fact, they have subsequently issued nine section 46 notices on the back of this.
“They will continue to monitor the situation and hopefully help in advising people into bringing their bin back in after collection and retaining ownership by numbering their own bin.”
One resident, who received a clean-up notice, claimed that she had left bin bags beside somebody else’s bin because hers was stolen after being left out for collection.
Another said her bin was stolen despite having her address written ‘all over it’.
Hyndburn Council recently announced it would delay the sending out of replacement bins until after the next collection cycle. This was in the hope residents would find and reclaim their stolen or lost bins.
At the time, residents were told they would be permitted to place black bin bags out for collection during that period.
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