Families in a Norwich street have been issued with an ultimatum - move your wheelie bin after it has been emptied or we’ll fine you £80.

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But council bosses admitted that, having sent out a number of such letters to people since they introduced the wheelie bin system in 2008, nobody has ever been hit with such a fine.

Norwich City Council has written to households in Newmarket Street after complaints about the bins being left out in the streets between rubbish collections.

They warn people that the council has the power to slap an £80 fixed penalty notice to householders who put their bins out too early, or who collect them in too late.

The council says it will be “monitoring the situation” over the next few weeks and will “where applicable will take action to ensure all bins are removed from the highway”.

Under the Environmental Protection Act, the council can serve a notice requiring people to ensure their wheelie bins are not placed out for collection earlier than 6pm the day before their scheduled collection and that they are returned to within the boundary of their property before 9am the day after collection.

A city council spokesman said: “Bins left on pavements can be a problem for people with mobility issues and parents with pushchairs.

“When we get a complaint about bins being left out we visit the area concerned. If we think there is a serious problem and that it possess a risk to people’s safety, we will write to remind residents about their responsibility.

“We have never had to issue a fine, since introducing this way of working in October 2008, as residents seem to understand the need for keeping the pavement clear.

“The concern tends to happen in parts of the city with narrow pavements. The present letter has been sent to residents in Newmarket Street, which we will monitor over the next couple of weeks.”

The action was welcomed by the Norwich Access Group, a pressure group of disabled people which tries to improve access for disabled people in the city.

George Saunders, the group’s chairman, said: “The bins do cause a bit of a problem. Anything which obstructs the pavement can be a problem for people in wheelchairs and for those who are sight restricted.”

Norwich City Council introduced the first of the city’s blue recycling bins in 2008, when the authority switched to black bins of general waste being collected one week and the blue bins the following week.

The city council also provides caddies for food waste, which are collected every week and also offers brown bins for garden waste.

At a council meeting last month, Green city councillors said they had received complaints from Norwich people who were putting their bins outside their homes, only to find them left halfway down the road after they had been emptied.

Norwich City Council leaders said at that time the issue was on their radar, with City Hall officers keeping tabs on whether bins are put back in the right place.

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24 comments

  • Typical, bullying people with threats of fines. Why has Norwich City council failed for ten years to advance recycling and recycling jobs, rather than to go along with the Tory's incineration policies? This naked emperor stuff, desperate to raise some funds from already hard pressed households coming up to Christmas is despicable. Our bin men have lots more to do, but its us who take the bins back after they are emptied, not them, should we fine them for this dereliction of duty? lets say £80,- that'll do.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

  • Howabout the binmen actually taking the extra rubbish(left by the bins ) instead of just walking past it.

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    billythebookie

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

  • no mention of poor timekeeping in our area by the refuse collectors our bin is out the night before as it is possisble they turn up at 6.30 when most of the elderly residents are still in bed and unable to put thier bins out. more often than not they dont turn up until midday the NEXT day then have a variety of excuses as to why they couldnt get here earlier when we have seen them go by the bottom of our road at 2.30pm on the day they should have been here. can we slap an £80 fine on them NO!!!!

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    i am mostly wrong??

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

  • This is another idle threat from the Norwich CC bin police. Will they fine anyone? Will they be able to collect the fine? Knowing what a shambles this organisation is, I very much doubt it.

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    John L Norton

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

  • I look forward to the council actually acting on this threat.The vast majority of people who leave bins on the street are just too idle to put them in their gardens.(I know, I live in the area mentioned in this story) . Lgriffiths- not a problem in Newmarket St.? Are you kidding? and yes Gloucester St is bad also.But some of the blame goes to NCC for issuing these bins in the first place,to areas where they are really not suitable and have become an absolute blight to these areas!

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    Levi Stubbs

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

  • In fact in times of busy periods, steve,brenda, the two bin police(£30k a year) and the two gravestone wobbler's (£25k a year) could also put a shift in...every little helps!!!

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    nrg

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

  • The shambling of our city and towns is part of a wider and increasing problem we are only just experiencing in Norfolk-other towns have suffered for much longer. The people who had pride and decency and took a bit of time to look after their homes, even if rented, have passed on or moved away and are replaced by those who do not care or do not know they should. If tenants move in next to slovenly residents they may think it the norm for the area.If absentee landlords do not give a monkey's and tenant turn over is high then down goes the neighbour hood.A young friend would not believe that Prince of Wales Road used to be smart not very long ago, nor that Dereham Road and King Street in GY and many others were once respectable and cared for and not looking like the rough end of Curry Mile. This is the fault of councils who do not enforce the laws they could use and who do not take positive steps to keep our central residential urban areas from deteriorating into slums. Dustbins are a tiny part of that problem.

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    Daisy Roots

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

  • What about the poor sod's who live on their own who work for a living, and are off to work before the bin men come in the mornings, and dont get home till late in the afternoon or night time , whose neighbours wont bother to just put them on the property for each other, do the Council expect them to take an hour off work just to put them back where they belong, every time l come home my brown bin is halfway down the road, after its been emptied.

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    gravedigger

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

  • How about the coumcil makes their workers return the bins to where they got them? I leave mine carefully on my property where the bin men can take the handle from the roadside, but sometimes they are not returned to my property. It is ignorant and unreasonable to expect bins to be put back before the end of the working day. And where, EDP is the story which was on the BBC about Steve Morphew's failure, in his position as a councillor, to declare an interest in an organisation which received fnding from NchCC? Are we not entitled to know the day before the commissioner election?

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    Daisy Roots

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

  • don't vote tomorrow, the elections are rigged by the EDP and the BBC, in favour of Jamie Athill, UK director of a Czech arms procurer who most likely has dealt arms to the Taliban.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

  • most places have front gardens, so it is not that hard to pull your bin back off the pavement. With cars taking up half the pavements, could the council look at that problem.

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    Rorping

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

  • This bin problem shouldn't even be an issue if the bins are returned to within the boundary of their property. Simple ! Unless of course the council wants to be heavy handed !

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    Stop Press

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

  • When we received our letter about not leaving wheelie bins on the footpath we assumed they had been sent to all the streets in our area as bins being left out on Newmarket Street are not a problem. The worst street in the area by far is Gloucester Street where many are permanently out on the path. The main obstructions on the paths on Newmarket Street are cars parked half way across the pavement, but I don't think I've ever seen any parking tickets given for obstruction.

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    Lgriffiths

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

  • i always leave mine in the front garden right on the path edge. just with the handle outwards, but i come back too find it blocking the path or on the road edge or sometime down the road and have too search for it. cant they just put it back where i left it.

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    morello

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

  • As the council has employed 2 bin police officers on £30k each, surely these 2 bods can follow the dust cart around and replace all the bins in the correct place, pretty much how they used to do.

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    nrg

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

  • some people have too work and cant get the bin in straight away. and yes there are people that just dont bother my neighbours has sat out on the path for over a month now,but it would also help if the binmen replaced them too the spot here they where and not just chuck them and see wherever they land

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    morello

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

  • I think it goes deeper than that, Norwich used to be an attractive city but now it looks like a ghetto with all these bins that people leave in their front gardens, people used to have pride in how there houses looked but now they look horrendous, the fine should go further, as they do in Denmark, that bins cannot be left in the front of a property, and before people go on about that they have no room to store it in there back garden, think back to before the wheelie bin, there didn’t seem to be a problem then. Norwich a fine city.........Norwich the bin city

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    BOBBY

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

  • If the binmen are not cabable of returning thebins to where they came from they should'nt have their jobs in the first place, the binmen where I live do this regularly, just leaving the bins strewn all over the place, this is just another example of the council urinating on householders.

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    clive hill

    Thursday, November 15, 2012

  • Levi Stubbs you where a brilliant singer :)

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    mobbsy

    Thursday, November 15, 2012

  • we used to live on elm grove lane we had a grass verge in front of the house the binmen used to leave all the empty bins down the road all in the same place over 100 yards away from most of the residences houses

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    mobbsy

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

  • Maybe Brenda and Steve could do some charity work for the taxpayers of Norwich, and replace all the bins in the correct place..every little helps!!

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    nrg

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

  • ingo, think you've lost the plot...bins and voting...2nd thoughts, those standing for election are rubbish.

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    nrg

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

  • These bins are not only a hazard, they are an absolute eyesore around the city. Many of the terraced houses just don't have room for these monstrosities and an alternative solution should have been sought before ever issuing householders with these.

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    Old Long Balls

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

  • There are pro's and cons with this issue, on the bad points there are more and more houses being built in the Norwich City Council area but no more dustcarts to cover this problem thus giving them more work to do, and thus making the dustcarts rush around, thus giving a poorer service than expected, I have seen bin men when emptying the small green boxes which you put your glass bottles in, once they had emptied them throw them accross the roofs of parked cars and leaving them where they landed, on the other hand why should they take the extra rubbish left beside the bins, it takes up extra room on the dustcart and causes they to do extra journey's to either the recycling centre or the dump and whilst they are doing this they are not driving up your street emptying your bin.. so they then get behind with their work and then you moan !!!

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    Footyboy16

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

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