We, with our partners, are placing greater emphasis on making the local environment cleaner, safer and greener.
The council has an Environmental Enforcement Policy which sets out how it uses its powers under various laws including the Clean Neighbourhood and Environment Act 2005 and the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to tackle environmental offences.
We have a number of officers authorised to investigate cases, gather evidence and where necessary prosecute offenders. Examples of offences include:
Such offences can cause a negative perception of the local environment and our borough.
If a person places refuse or recycling out too early (prior to 5pm the night before), they could be issued with a fixed penalty notice. If you see refuse out early which has a WHBC sticker to saying 'This refuse is out too early and could cause litter' sticker on it the incident is being investigated by a WHBC enforcement officer. If the refuse is not removed by the offender it will be collected on the next refuse collection day.
The issuing of penalties
We can issue Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) on the spot if an authorised officer witnesses an offence such as littering. If an FPN is issued, payment is an alternative to prosecution in the courts.
*(or, on indictment, an unlimited fine)
Unpaid FPNs, or more serious offences will be dealt with in court. Serious environmental offences may be liable to fines or even custodial sentences.
FPN procedure for managing rubbish or recycling presented too early
One of the main factors of untidy neighbourhoods is litter as a result of refuse and recycling not being contained properly or being presented too early for collection. We want to minimise this kind of litter as this is something that you've said is important to you.
We will attempt to encourage co-operation from residents, before issuing an FPN.
Our procedure is as follows:
What if you don't agree with your Fixed Penalty Notice?
If you dispute your FPN Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council will only review two things:
Where a person feels an FPN has been issued wrongly they must write in within seven calendar days of receiving the FPN to the Head of Client Environment Services, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, The Campus, Welwyn Garden City, Herts AL8 6AE.
Once an FPN is challenged Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council can only accept cash or cheque payments.
This page was last updated on 01/05/2013