Tonnes of fly-tipped rubbish cleared from recycling bank sites
About 16 tonnes of fly-tipped waste was cleared from several North East Lincolnshire Council ‘bring to’ recycling bank sites on Wednesday and Thursday this week, 27 and 28 December.
A number of the sites were already full shortly after Christmas but people continued to dump rubbish rather than take it to one of the Community Recycling Centres in Grimsby or Immingham.
About 10 tonnes of fly-tipped waste was collected on Wednesday and another six tonnes on Thursday.
At one site a bed and a door were dumped and other sites were overflowing with cardboard boxes that could have been taken to the Community Recycling Centres.
Fly-tipping is an offence and the Council will be investigating and prosecuting offenders where there is enough evidence.
There are more than 40 ‘bring to’ recycling bank sites across North East Lincolnshire at busy locations such as supermarkets and car parks.
They are convenient places to recycle reasonable amounts of cans, glass, paper and plastic.
If the recycling banks are full or if people have have a lot of waste to recycle, it should be taken to one of the Community Recycling Centres in Estuary Way, Grimsby, or Queens Road, Immingham.
An NELC spokesperson said:
“Whilst Christmas is a busy time and people have a lot of rubbish to get rid of, there has been an unacceptable amount of fly-tipped waste at recycling sites across the borough.
“Some people may think that by taking discarded wrapping paper, cardboard and packaging to recycling centres in black bin sacks will mean that it will be recycled, but in reality it cannot and creates both an eyesore and a fire risk and encourages others to fly tip larger items.
“If the rubbish includes food it can also lead to problems with pests and rodents.
“We would encourage all residents to use the local Community Recycling centres as they are intended and if you have too much waste for your bins and boxes please take it to one of the larger sites at Estuary Way, Grimsby, or Queens Road, Immingham.”
For advice on what can be recycled, how and where, visit www.nelincs.gov.uk/recycling.