Copeland Council Suspend Cardboard Recycling

by Ken Powell All cardboard recycling at Copeland sites has been suspended by the Copeland Borough Council after fly tippers dumped “large quantities of meat” in a recycling unit in […]

by Ken Powell

All cardboard recycling at Copeland sites has been suspended by the Copeland Borough Council after fly tippers dumped “large quantities of meat” in a recycling unit in Whitehaven.

Waste and Enforcement Manager, Janice Carrol said: We realise this is a minority of people misusing the service however we have increased routine monitoring of our sites. Our Enforcement team are now carrying out trade waste document checks in the problem areas. Our Environmental Health teams who visit food premises will also be checking how businesses dispose of their business waste.”

The meat and other items dumped meant that the cardboard could no longer be sent for recycling and the council were forced to suspend the service. Janice Carrol said: We are also looking at ways of adapting the cardboard banks, which have larger apertures than the banks for other recyclables.”

Council officials hope that the service my be reintroduced by Christmas but warn that until resumed any cardboard left at the recycling centres will be treated as fly tippng and action taken where appropriate.

A statement from the council said:We urge anyone who may have information about the abuse of the recycling service or spot people dumping at the centres to contact Copeland Borough Council’s Enforcement team on 01946 598300.”