RESIDENTS living in Neath Port Talbot who leave additional bin bags at the side of their wheelie bins are being warned they could be hit with a fine or face prosecution.

The Excess Waste Restriction Scheme has been in effect since April 2019 whereby if householders leave extra waste alongside their wheelie bin it will not be collected by crews and a recycling awareness visit will be carried out by one of the council’s excess waste enforcement team.

The council said that there are however a small minority of residents who “continue to persistently” leave excess waste including recyclables, or do not participate in recycling schemes.

Neath Port Talbot’s previous awareness raising approach will now be replaced by warning letters, which in turn may be followed up by a statutory notice setting out how waste must be presented. If a notice is served on a household and not complied with then the resident can receive a Fixed Penalty Notice of £100 or face prosecution.

The Welsh Government has set a statutory target to recycle at least 70% of waste by 2025 with further progress to ‘zero waste’ by 2050.

Neath Port Talbot Council’s Cabinet Member for Streetscene and Engineering Cllr Mike Harvey said: “As an authority we do not want to go down the enforcement route, but for the minority who continue to put out excess waste and/or do not recycle then we may have no choice.

“Most households are easily able to fit any waste that cannot be recycled into their wheelie bin, or the number of black bags permitted in bag collection areas. We collect recycling every week and there is no limit on it. Residents can put out as much recycling as they want and ordering extra recycling kit is easy to do online.”

Cllr Harvey added: “The vast majority of Neath Port Talbot residents make full use of the recycling services provided to them at the kerbside, and we thank them for doing their bit for a sustainable future.”