Fly-tippers blamed for recycling going to waste

Tonnes of recyclable material is needlessly going to waste because of how people are using recycling site in Powys, a councillor has said.

Some of the rubbish found at some of Powys' community recycling sites.
Some of the rubbish found at some of Powys' community recycling sites.

General rubbish is being dumped into the local community recycling sites instead of being left to be collected in household bins.

“We are horrified at the types of rubbish we are finding in some of our community recycling sites,” said Councillor Heulwen Hulme, the Powys cabinet member for waste and recycling.

“Some of our residents have no respect, choosing to dump their waste in these community recycling facilities.

“This type of contamination is classed as fly-tipping and not only means that our poor staff have to go through and sort the rubbish by hand, but also often results in all the material within the bank rejected by the recycling processors. This selfish behaviour of a few irresponsible people is a huge waste of everyone else’s time and effort and results in recyclable material needlessly going to waste.

“The contamination found within a recent load of cardboard collected from the community recycling banks from Builth Wells, Hay-on-Wye, Brecon and Llangynidr was shocking. On inspection our crews found items such as clothes, shoes, baby change mats, polystyrene, VHS tapes, electrical equipment, plastic bags, cans… the list goes on.

“Luckily for us (not so much for the guilty fly-tippers) there was also of evidence of the perpetrators names and addresses left within the bags of rubbish who can now expect to receive a fixed penalty notice and a warning any day now.”

Members of the public are urged to report any incidences of contamination that they find or witness at the community recycling sites. This, along with the CCTV we have in place at many of the sites, will help catch and reprimand offenders appropriately. Individuals found guilty of deliberately dumping rubbish in the recycling banks can expect to receive a fixed penalty notice.

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