City of Gosnells passes law allowing fines for messy bins

City of Gosnells passes law allowing fines for messy bins

THE City of Gosnells has started the process to have a local law that would allow the council to hand out fines of $400 for the way people treat their bins.

The City passed that it would be advertised for public comment and it will be officially advertised in mid-September.

Residents can be fined $400 for damaging, destroying or interfering with a receptacle, removing a receptacle from premises or failing to comply with a term or condition of verge waste collection.

To ensure the bins are kept in good condition and repair, owners must take all reasonable steps to prevent fly breeding and keep each receptacle free of flies, maggots, cockroaches, rodents and other vectors of disease.

Council documents said the development of a waste local law would provide greater flexibility in authorising officers to perform the functions within the local law as currently the Health Local Laws could only be enforced by Environmental Health Officers.

The first stage of this process requires the City to give State-wide public notice of a proposal to make a local law and provide a period of at least six weeks for public submissions on the proposal. It officially advertised in mid-September.

Some of the fines include:

Failing to place a receptacle for collection in a lawful position: $250

Failing to keep a receptacle clean and in a good condition and repair: $250

Failing to prevent the emission of offensive odours from a receptacle: $350

Exceeding weight capacity of a general waste receptacle: $350