Irresponsible companies dumping business waste and a few lazy individuals fly-tipping their household waste has led to a rethink over recycling banks across the Vale.
The district council is looking at removing the large green mixed recycling bins from its bring bank sites and wants residents to voice their opinion on the matter.
The sites have become a magnet for fly-tippers. They’re often located in public car parks and have become a local eyesore, piled high with rubbish.
When fly-tipping takes place at these sites, the recycling in the bins becomes contaminated meaning all of it has to be sent to landfill.
All of this means the Vale has decided to ask residents what they think, and if they agree with the council, the green mixed recycling banks will be removed.
At the same time the council is reminding residents that they can leave any excess recycling that won’t fit into their green wheeled bin in a clear bag or open box, next to their bin – so there is no reason why they would need to use the recycling banks.
The mixed recycling banks have already been removed from a few sites at the request of the land owners. This has put an end to fly-tipping at these sites and has not led to any complaints, nor has the council noticed an increase in fly-tipping elsewhere.
Cllr Reg Waite, cabinet member for waste at the Vale of White Horse District Council said: “It is a real shame that we’ve been forced to consider this course of action. Many of our residents are keen recyclers and use these bins in good faith. Sadly some businesses and individuals are ruining it for everybody. Thankfully, there are plenty of other recycling options and I would urge everybody to leave their extra recycling next to their green bin for collecting at the kerbside.”
The council has no plans to remove the charity containers that sit alongside the green bins. These will remain in place.
We would like residents to tell us what they think by emailing comments to firstname.lastname@example.org before 3 May.