SEDGEMOOR residents are being reminded to dispose of their household waste legally or risk a fine. 

Staff from Sedgemoor District Council's Clean Surroundings team have found household waste dumped into or next to public litter bins on a number of occasions over the last few months. 

A spokesman for SDC said one Burnham-on-Sea resident was recently fined £250 via a fixed penalty notice for dumping two bags of household waste near a litterbin in Manor Gardens.

The council is now advising residents on how to dispose of household waste legally so they can avoid a fine. 

"There are only two legal ways to get rid of your household waste – either by kerbside collection or by taking it to a recycling centre," a council spokesman said. 

"There have been several incidents over recent months where Sedgemoor’s Clean Surroundings staff have found household waste into or adjacent to a public litter bin.

"The culprits have been traced and formally warned about committing this offence – not everyone realises that household waste must go out to kerbside collection or be delivered to a registered waste disposal site.

"Equally, trade waste, which means any waste from business activities or premises, must be disposed of by way of a trade waste agreement and not deposited in a public litterbin."

Your nearest recycling centre can be found here