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Crime pays for open bin father

A father of four who was fined more than £200 for over-filling his wheelie bin has found himself not only in possession of a criminal record but also a shiny new compactor.

Gareth Corkhill from Whitehaven in Cumbria received media attention recently when he was taken to court by Copeland Borough Council and fined because he left his bin lid open a few inches.

The story prompted Midland-based Wastepact to donate a compactor to help him avoid further prosecution.

Corkhill said: The company got in touch with me after reading about my case in the press and said that one of their compactors would keep me out of court in future.

Wastepact chief executive Paul Mongini said: When I read what had happened to Mr Corkhill, I felt that he had been treated rather harshly and, given his large family, it seemed likely that he would end up in court again.

His case is being echoed across the country because of the switch to fortnightly collections and it is particularly difficult for large families like Mr Corkhills to squeeze two weeks worth of waste into their wheelie bins.

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