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Councils round up: grenades, glass and Gateshead's dumped caravan

Devon warns residents not to put ammunition, flares or grenades in the recycling stream, while Gateshead woman fined for fly-tipping a caravan in her own street.

Fine for caravan dumped in own street

A Gateshead woman has been fined and ordered to pay costs totalling almost £1,500 for fly-tipping a caravan in the street where she lives.

Charley Houghton, of Kelso Place, pleaded guilty at Gateshead Magistrates’ Court and was fined £307 with £300 costs and ordered to pay £816 to cover the cost of the caravan’s removal, plus a £30 victim surcharge.

Residents had alerted Gateshead Council last June to a caravan filled with rubbish dumped in their street. It contained a large gas bottle, which the fire service had to remove.

Anneliese Hutchinson, service director for development, transport and public protection, said: “The cost of having her caravan and rubbish removed and disposed of properly would have been far less than the costs she now faces having been taken to court, so this has proved to have been a very expensive mistake.”

Bomb disposal called to recycling centre

Devon County Council’s Exmouth’s Knowle Hill recycling centre was closed and evacuated for a day last week after what appeared to be a grenade (pictured) was found in a skip. Police and bomb disposal staff were called and removed one live and two spent smoke grenades.

The council has warned the public not to put ammunition, flares, smoke grenades or other dangerous objects in its recycling centres.

Andrea Davis, cabinet member for infrastructure and waste, said: “If you wish to dispose of ammunition or ordnance, whether potentially live or spent, or an item which could be reasonably be perceived as dangerous or of concern, including weapons and firearms, please contact the police in the first instance.”

Council to deter recyclates in residual bins

Aberdeenshire Council is due to decide next week on a new waste strategy designed to increase its recycling rate.

Residents are expected to be given a 180-litre bin for non-recyclable waste, to be emptied in future only every three weeks. By increasing recycling, the proposed change is expected to reduce service costs by at least £500,000 a year.

Aberdeenshire’s recycling rate is only 43.7%, but the services currently available should allow more than 70% of waste to be recycled. The council said that more than half of recyclates are put in residual waste bins.

Kent keeps centres, but imposes charges

Kent County Council has agreed to introduce charges for non-household waste at its 18 household waste and recycling centres. It said soil, rubble, hardcore and plasterboard were treated as non-household waste, even if originating from a domestic property.

Neighbouring authorities were closing recycling centres, but Kent said it was committed to retaining them because they contributed to a 99% recycling rate for household waste.

Luton warns of fines for ‘side sacks’

Luton Borough Council is to warn residents they face a £400 fine if extra black sacks and items of rubbish are left by the side of bins.

Aslam Khan, portfolio holder responsible for environmental enforcement, said: “In some areas there are extra black rubbish sacks left out for collection. Rubbish and unwanted items left by the side of bins makes a mess of our streets – it’s unsightly and can attract vermin.”

County changes glass collections

Monmouthshire County Council is to distribute new recycling boxes for glass, which will be collected fortnightly and no longer be accepted in recycling bags.

The glass will go to a reprocessing plant in Cwmbran then recycled into fibre glass, bottles and concrete products.






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