Fly-Tippers Could Force Recycling Centre Closures In Vale Of White Horse

30-05-13(5)picBusinesses dumping waste at recycling centres in Oxfordshire, rather than paying for disposal, could force them to be closed altogether as councilors say they cannot keep it under control.

Mattresses, scraps of cardboard, bins and old furniture have been left at centres across the Vale of White Horse, one of England’s top performing recycling councils.

All 20 of the public recycling centres could be axed because they cannot keep the problem under control, councilors have said.

Wantage mayor Fiona Roper – “Obviously, some businesses, rather than paying to get rid of commercial waste, are just dumping it here”

A public consultation was held, showing that the public no longer wanted to foot the bill. Waste is collected from bring banks every two weeks and residents said they would rather do without them.

Wantage mayor and district councilor, Fiona Roper, said: “There have been on-going problems with businesses dumping stuff, and they are always overflowing.

“They have just been abused and they have become an eyesore.

“Obviously, some businesses, rather than paying to get rid of commercial waste, are just dumping it here.”

Vale spokesman Andy Robinson said 31 residents responded to the consultation and the “majority” wanted to scrap the recycling centres.

He said CCTV had previously been used at Abingdon Tesco but had not proved ‘cost effective’.

Enforcement officers have handed out 14 fixed penalty notices of £80 each and one caution for fly-tipping at the Tesco recycling centre in Abingdon since March 1.

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