23/11/20: Don't misuse public bins asks Breckland Council

Breckland Council is asking the local community to use public bins correctly, after fly tipping incidents emerged where residents have been found dumping household waste and electrical items in public bins, which are purely for street litter only.

A South Lopham resident who drove over 6 miles to the neighbouring village of East Harling to dump household waste has been fined £60 for misuse of a public bin. An investigation was started by Breckland Council after East Harling Parish Council complained that someone was placing household waste in the Market Place litter bins, which is intended for public street litter. Following a quick investigation and evidence being found Breckland Council Enforcement Officers contacted the owner of the household waste, who admitted dumping the waste and accepted a £60 fixed penalty notice fine.

A Narborough resident has also been fined £300 for fly tipping an electrical item next to a public bin, rather than disposing of it correctly. The resident was interviewed under caution and passed the blame onto someone else for fly tipping her waste, however was not able to identify the person. With strong evidence available a fine of £300 for failing to control her waste in the correct manner was issued.

Cllr Gordon Bambridge, Executive Member for Environmental Services and Public Protection, stated "Public bins are for normal street litter, not household waste. These cases highlight residents involved could have easily used a local recycling centre for free or left their household waste in their own bin at home, rather than fly tipping or misusing public bins. I am disappointed by these cases, but hope the educational talk from our Enforcement Officers and subsequent fines will ensure they are more careful with their waste in future."

 

Last updated: 01/12/2020 17:04:53