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'Why can't I recycle?', asks Cheltenham businessman

While most people are encouraged to recycle, a Cheltenham restaurateur was shocked to find that he had been banned from doing it.

Brian Peters, who runs Moran's restaurant in the town, received a phone call from the council asking him to stop depositing up to 800 bottles a week in a facility at Morrison's supermarket.

"The council is asking people to recycle and telling us we need to do more. I can't understand why they have stopped me", he said.

Cheltenham Council's recycling services are aimed at members of the public only, and as Mr Peters was depositing commercial waste, he fell outside that bracket.

"It's ridiculous. If the bottle banks are getting too full, they could just let us go into the depot. But they won't even let me take stuff in there."

The council suggested Mr Peters and other local businesses employ a collection company. But he says that instead of paying, most businesses just put the bottles in the bin.

"I leave bottles in a few different recycling bins now. But I still have to chuck half away. I'm getting to the stage where I can't be bothered. If the council won't do anything, why should I?"

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