People living above shops in Hounslow are being warned not to leave their rubbish bags out on non-collection days or face a hefty fine.
The stark warning comes after Hounslow council's enforcement team officers issued 24 flats on Gunnersbury lane at the junction with Princes Avenue in Chiswick with a section 46 notice to clean up their act.
In response to a number of complaints from residents, the area is being closely monitored and any waste or recycling bags put in the wrong place or at the wrong time will be investigated and a fixed penalty notice for £80 issued.
The council says most of the flats above shops get a twice weekly collection and the bin bags left out were making the streets look messy and encouraged fly-tipping in the area.
Councillor Sue Sampson, cabinet member for community protection at Hounslow Council, said: “The work in this area is already paying off and there has been a noticeable reduction in the number of bags out on incorrect days and a significant reduction in fly-tipping on Princes Avenue.
“The issuing of Section 46 Notices is something we will be rolling out to all flats above shops in the borough.
"Once these have been delivered to residents there should be no doubt about when and where to leave bags out – and no excuses if residents are fined.”