People who refuse to recycle could face £75 fine in North Somerset
People who consistently refuse to recycle their rubbish could be fined £75.
North Somerset Council says it will implement the fines as a last resort for those who put items that could have been recycled in with their general rubbish.
The move follows ‘sampling’ of refuse bags from homes across the district. Black refuse sacks, collected by council waste contractors, were opened and checked to see if any of the rubbish in them could have been recycled.
North Somerset is the second best unitary authority for recycling in the country and the best in the South West, and currently recycles around 61 per cent of its rubbish.
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Council spokeswoman Zoe Briffitt said: “We want to take positive action to encourage people to recycle more.
“Those failing to recycle could face enforcement action but this would be something that we would only do as a last resort. We would rather focus on how we can help people to recycle and give them every opportunity to do so.”
Recycling problems are worst in urban areas where residents do not have the space to separate and store their recycling and rubbish.
The council is considering setting up ‘mini recycling centres’ in these areas, with dedicated banks for rubbish and recycling.