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Man loses appeal against litter fine - COMMENT UPDATE

Councils who fine householders for wrong recycling have been defended by the Local Government Association (LGA) after a man fined for the practice in Swansea lost his appeal.

In October 2006 Michael Reeves was fined £100 and ordered to pay £100 in costs for mixing paper with bottles and cans and putting his recycling out a day early. The appeal judge has now ordered the 29-year-old sports reporter who has been dubbed by some as a recycling martyr - to pay a further £350.

A letter with Reeves name on it was found at the bottom of the recycling bag along with other paper and the council had already warned him not to put out recycling sacks early.
Reeves said he put them out early as he was going on holiday and added that he would no longer be recycling any of his household waste.

However, LGA chair Cllr Paul Bettison defended councils that fine residents who repeatedly ignore advice and put rubbish out early although said this was a last resort.

He said: Councils find that offering advice and education to householders is an effective way of dealing with isolated problems.

Throwing household waste into a recycle bin contaminates the whole collection and it has to be buried in landfill. If a resident continually ignores the councils advice and repeated warnings it has no choice but to issue a fine.

Councils are on the frontline in the fight against climate change and working hard to reduce the amount of rubbish sent to landfill. The amount of waste generated is increasing year on year.
Unless bold reforms are made recycling rates will not rise fast enough to meet the EU Landfill Directive, councils will be fined and taxpayers will be hit in the pocket.

A statement from Swansea City and County council said: The council is satisfied that the court has upheld the original conviction and sentence handed down by magistrates.

23/04/07: Isn't it ironic that the same council that was fined heavily for allowing hundreds of tonnes of its waste TV's to be illegally shipped overseas to Dubai for dumping can make a 'martyr' our of this guy who misplaced one envelope. Hypocritical or what !
Posted by Billericay Dickie

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