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Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

Volume 479: debated on Monday 29 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs further to his Department’s press release of 2 June 2008, on recycling in public places, whether waste collection authorities may issue fines to members of the public who place the wrong sort of rubbish into a public (a) residual waste or (b) recycling bin. (217818)

Certain offences exist on incorrect disposal of rubbish for which a fine can be issued, either in the form of a fixed penalty notice or a fine imposed by the Courts. Examples of offences include incorrect disposal of household, commercial or industrial waste, fly tipping and littering. Deliberate disposal of rubbish in the wrong place could constitute an offence, depending on the circumstances of the case.

Recycle on the Go, which was launched on 2 June 2008, does not introduce any new offences relating to litter bins nor recycle bins. Instead, it saw the publication of a Voluntary Code of Practice and guidance to make it easier for people to recycle when out and about, for example through the use of consistent signage so that people know what they can recycle, wherever they might be.