Why leaving your bins in the street could soon be an offence in two Leeds communities

Rules for the storage of household waste are being proposed in parts of Harehills and Armley.
Rules for the storage of household waste are being proposed in parts of Harehills and Armley.
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Two communities in Leeds could be made subject to new rules about when bins can be put out in the street if proposed Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) are signed off in their current form.

While the focus in most locations is on stopping street drinking and the problems of anti-social behaviour associated with it, councillors will be asked to consider additional household waste measures in Armley and Harehills only.

If the orders are put in place, there will be set times when people can put their bins out.

If the orders are put in place, there will be set times when people can put their bins out.

In information published about the PSPOs, the council said that residents and its Cleaner Neighbourhoods Team had highlighted the problem of people leaving bins and household waste out in the street for long periods of time in these two areas in particular.

“This is detrimental in terms of causing obstructions for vehicles and pedestrians, and in terms of health,” it said.

“When bins are being left out, this causes and contributes to littering, fly tipping and poses a hazard to residents.

“Despite various initiatives over the years by residents and the Cleaner Neighbourhoods Team, some areas have shown no real improvement.

“It is therefore proposed that PSPOs may include a provision which makes it clear when residents should or should not leave out household wastes and waste containers for collection.”

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The terms set out in draft versions of the PSPOS for Armley and Harehills say that people would be required to make sure all household waste was properly stored in bins kept inside the boundary of the property.

It states that bins could only be put out on the street after 6pm on the night before a collection was due and must be moved back off the street no later than 9pm on the day that the collection was made.

The rules would apply to anyone living permanently or temporarily in streets covered by the orders.

And the owner or management agency of any premises let out on a tenancy would also be responsible for ensuring the rules were followed, meaning that they could be fined up to £100 too.

Those who failed to pay up would be taken to court, where a fine of up to £1,000 could be imposed by magistrates.

The city centre is the only other area in Leeds where measures have been suggested in addition to those designed to stop street drinking.

In that case, the focus is on stopping people taking psychoactive substances.

It would make it an offence to use the substances, formerly known as ‘legal highs’, in public while in the city centre.

Ordinarily, it is only illegal to produce, supply or import the banned substances.

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