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Woman must pay £740 for leaving bins out

A Lincoln woman has been ordered to pay £740 after repeatedly leaving her bins outside her house, obstructing the pavement.

Clare Clifton left her bins out for between two to five days after her collection day on at least six occasions between March 20 and June 1 this year.

She was fined £400 and ordered to pay costs of £150, as well as a £40 victims’ surcharge and £150 Criminal Courts Charge after being found guilty in her absence at a hearing at Lincoln Magistrates’ Case on Thursday, August 13.

City of Lincoln Council first investigated the case in March following a complaint from a member of the public. An officer from the council’s Public Protection and Anti-Social Behaviour team found three wheeled bins had been left out obstructing the pavement two days after collection day.

A warning letter was sent and several further attempts to contact Clifton also failed. She was issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice on May 22 but this was not paid and the council reluctantly decided to take legal action.

“In cases like this we make several visits and issue at least two warnings before going to court as a last resort. We prefer to work with people to explain why taking your bin in is so important and help them if there is a particular reason they are struggling to do so. However, in this case, we were unable to make contact and all opportunities to resolve the situation were ignored.

“People obstructing pavements and streets by leaving out their bins is one of the most common complaints we receive. It is quite a serious issue, especially in some parts of Lincoln where streets are very narrow. The bins unsightly but more importantly they are a nuisance and a danger to pedestrians. The elderly, wheelchair users, families with young children and children in pushchairs are either forced onto the road or cannot get past.”

– Sam Barstow, Service Manager for Public Protection and Anti-Social Behaviour

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Waste company on Doncaster strike action

Waste company SITA, which provides services in Doncaster, says they are unable to meet a pay increase proposed by union workers. Refuse staff in the town have planned 2 days of strike action, followed by a continues strike.

Nick Browning, Logistics General Manager at SITA UK said:

"The Union has asked for an average pay increase of 13 per cent for our colleagues in Doncaster, which is entirely unreasonable. We cannot justify increasing the offer of 1.7 per cent that we have made nationally to all of our employees.

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We met with representatives from theUnion yesterday afternoon to try to resolve the dispute. We put forward arevised proposal that included performance-related payments for staff. The outline proposal was that staff would beeligible for additional payments if they achieved improvements to performanceand made savings, however, this proposal was rejected by the Union. The Union then put forward a revised proposalof their own to SITA UK, which our Board will now consider.

– Nick Browning, Logistics General Manager at SITA UK,

He continued:

Residents due to have their black bins emptied today (26th September) or tomorrow, (Thursday 27th September), should put their bin out as normal. There should also be no disruption to clinical or business waste services this week. We will be making every effort to catch up by the end of tomorrow on collections which have been delayed so far

– Nick Browning, Logistics General Manager at SITA UK,

Bin workers in Doncaster announce more strikes

Further strike dates have been announced by refuse workers in Doncaster. They had already planned individual strikes on 28th September and 1st October, but from 2nd October a continues strike will begin.

We have now been formally notified by SITA that a continuous strike will begin on Tuesday 2nd October. This is in addition to the strike days on Friday 28th September and Monday 1st October.

Obviously this is going to have an impact on our bin collections. We will continue to work closely with SITA to put plans in place to manage essential waste collections while strike action is taking place.

– Gill Gillies, Doncaster Council's Assistant Director of Environment

She continued:

Residents due to have their black bins emptied Today (26th September) or tomorrow, Thursday 27th September, should put their bin out as normal. There should also be no disruption to clinical or business waste services this week. SITA will be making every effort to catch up by the end of tomorrow on collections which have been delayed so far.

– Gill Gillies, Doncaster Council's Assistant Director of Environment

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Changes to Sheffield bin collections

Sheffield's controversial fortnightly bin collection have started as part of the council's aims to save £2.4 million.

Today, half of the city started on the new schedule, which means black bins will be collected every other week, with blue recycling bins collected on alternate weeks.

Critics say it will lead to an increase in fly-tipping in the city, while some residents say it will help improve recycling rates.

Councillor Jack Scott has been speaking to Calendar about the move.