Port Coquitlam residents will face a $300 fine if they don't put their trash, recyclables and green waste in the right bin.
On Monday, frustrated by the lack of compliance, PoCo council voted to forego a proposal to set the fine at $150 and instead double the penalty for repeat offenders.
Coun. Dean Washington, who moved the motion to hike the fine to $300, said thousands of taxpayer dollars have been spent to educate the public about the new disposal rules but, some residents aren't getting the message.
"We have spent money to educate but nothing is being done," Washington said. "I think we have done what we should have done but there are a number of people who are not going to adhere to the rules.
"They should pay," he said.