Missed bin collections - Industrial Action

We apologise for the current disruption to collections due to industrial action by Unite the union. Find out the latest on the dispute and which areas we plan to collect bins from this week

Pay a fixed penalty notice

A Fixed Penalty Notice is an 'on the spot' fine for committing offences such as:

  • littering
  • dog fouling
  • businesses not having a waste removal contract
  • distributing free printed materials (leaflets, flyers) without consent
  • putting your household rubbish out too soon (sooner than 3:30pm the day before collection)

If you’ve been issued a fixed penalty for such offences you should pay the fine within the timescale shown on the notice. Failure to pay will likely result in criminal prosecution in court.

You can pay by calling 0121 303 6007 from 8:45am to 4pm.

Appealing a fixed penalty notice

Paying the fine will remove all rights you have to appeal.

If you believe your fixed penalty notice was issued incorrectly and choose not to pay it, the matter will be sent to court as a formal prosecution. It will then be up to the court to determine whether or not an offence was committed and whether or not you should pay a penalty. If the matter goes to court and you are found to have committed an offence, the court can impose a maximum penalty of £2,500.

Domestic littering

A fixed penalty of £80 will be issued if you are caught littering and the amount due won’t be reduced if you pay within 14 days. Littering includes dropping cigarette stubs and chewing gum. You must still pay the fine if:

  • there are no warning signs around about the penalty for littering
  • you can’t find a litter bin
  • you offer to clear away the litter

Commercial littering

We can issue Street Litter Control Notices to businesses who fail to clear their litter. This includes food and drink outlets, service stations, recreational venues, banks and building societies, betting shops, mobile service vehicles and market stalls.