Re­cy­cling Use the skips or risk a big fine, coun­cil warns

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS - By ROBIN JENK­INS

MORE no­tices warn­ing peo­ple they could be fined £50,000 for leav­ing rub­bish out in the wrong way have ap­peared in Chel­tenham.

They have been put up by the bor­ough coun­cil at var­i­ous of its re­cy­cling cen­tres in and around the town.

As with a no­tice dis­played in an al­ley­way off lower High Street, the signs warn that any­one leav­ing their rub­bish in­cor­rectly could be fined up to £50,000.

The al­ley­way no­tice, fea­tured in the Echo last month, was aimed at stop­ping peo­ple leav­ing their rub­bish out on the wrong days, whereas the no­tices at the re­cy­cling cen­tres ask res­i­dents not to leave waste if the skips are full.

One, in the St James Street Car Park, is headed Po­lite No­tice. It says: “Please en­sure that all re­cy­clable items are fully put into the ap­pro­pri­ate skip.

“Any waste items left around the skips will be treated as fly­tip­ping. If the skip is full, please take your waste to an­other bring site or back to your home ad­dress. The max­i­mum penalty can be a fine up to £50,000 and or six months im­pris­on­ment. This skip is for do­mes­tic waste only. Busi­ness/trade waste must be dis­posed of via an au­tho­rised waste col­lec­tion com­pany. This area is be­ing mon­i­tored.”

The no­tice an­gered a Chel­tenham

res­i­dent, who asked not to be named.

He said: “While I ap­plaud the coun­cil for crack­ing down on peo­ple who leave bin bags and wheelie bins in the street, when the refuse col­lec­tion isn’t due, I can’t help think­ing that these no­tices stuck to the skips are a bit out­ra­geous.

“By their own in­com­pe­tence, the coun­cil seem to be crim­i­nal­is­ing and de­mon­is­ing in­no­cent cit­i­zens, who are do­ing their bit to save the planet.

“Of course the vast ma­jor­ity of this ‘fly­tip­ping’ is go­ing to oc­cur when the skips are stuffed to the gills, with no more room in­side them - so why can’t the coun­cil empty them more fre­quently? Couldn’t the coun­cil ask their street sweep­ers, who walk past the skips ev­ery day, to alert them if it looks like the skips are al­most full?”

A coun­cil spokes­woman said: “Un­for­tu­nately, we have is­sues with rub­bish be­ing dumped or fly­tipped around our re­cy­cling bank sites and the posters are to bring to peo­ple’s at­ten­tion to the fact that this is a prob­lem and also an of­fence. We would encourage res­i­dents not to leave re­cy­cling on the ground by bring banks, how­ever where this oc­ca­sion­ally oc­curs this is gen­er­ally not con­sid­ered fly­tip­ping - it is black bags and other items that are a prob­lem. We’re con­tin­u­ing to work with our part­ner Ubico to encourage res­i­dents to be more re­spon­si­ble in how they dis­pose of waste.” robin.jenk­[email protected]­plc.com

A no­tice warn­ing peo­ple against fly­tip­ping at the re­cy­cling cen­tre in St James Street, Chel­tenham

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