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Waste collection penalties to be 'last resort', pledges PSD

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FIXED penalty charges for households which fail to adhere to the new waste charges scheme would be a 'last resort', Public Services has said.

After the department unveiled its plans to charge householders £2 to throw away a black bin sack, and 50p per recycling bag, the department has said it will shortly be meeting with douzaines to decide on how best to police the new system.

'Education and persuasion should be the first recourse, with a penalty being the last resort after other methods have failed,' said a PSD spokesman.

'To expand on this, initial contraventions will be dealt with through education – stickers on bags, information leaflet drops in the surrounding area.

'In the case of subsequent contraventions a warning notice will be issued. If there is another contravention within a specified period it is only then that the fixed penalty notice would be issued.

'Indeed, the department would consider it a success if no fixed penalty notices were issued.'

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