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Litter pickers banned from having rubbish recycled

A volunteer litter picking group has been banned from depositing rubbish at a recycling centre because they do not have a permit to do so.

The Lincoln Volunteer Bureau (LVB) collected 25 bags of litter from the city’s Arboretum that was refused at the Great Northern Terrace recycling centre as it was not classed as household waste.

LVB project manager Hazel Swan said: “We clean up a lot of parks areas, and picked up all rubbish from around the Arboretum, trimming bushes and putting all wastes into different bags.”

Lincolnshire County Council told them that special arrangements were needed for a charity to dispose of commercial waste, and the LVB had to leave the rubbish in the park.

Swan added: “We rang the council, who took the waste to landfill. It didn’t matter that we’d sorted it into separate bags for recycling; they just sent it to the tip. It seems like such a waste”

The council issues a special permit to prevent anyone taking advantage of the charity rule to get rid of commercial waste at household waste recycling sites.

Lincolnshire County Council head of planning and conservation Alan Freeman said: “Unfortunately in this case, the group had not contacted the council before taking the waste to the recycling centre. We realise that being turned away must have been a big disappointment to the volunteers after all their hard work. But hopefully this incident gives us the opportunity to publicise the charity permit arrangements more widely.”

Over 20 charities, including Mencap, the Salvation Army and the British Red Cross are currently registered with Lincolnshire County Council to use the permit system.

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