Woodley Town Council forced to hide its bins after illegal dumpingBy Jon Nurse
February 07, 2013
Persistent fly-tipping has forced the town council to hide some rubbish bins.
Months after the introduction of the borough’s waste and recycling scheme, dumped domestic waste is eating up Woodley Town Council’s funds – forcing it to move bins from public view.
The council has overspent its budget for emptying bins at Coronation Hall in Headley Road after just eight months of the financial year.
Councillor Phil Challis, chairman of the council’s leisure services committee, said: “We’ve noticed a general increase [in emptying town council bins] since the rubbish collection changes in the borough.
“It seems people have seen it as an opportunity to leave their rubbish and get someone else to deal with their problem. I’m disappointed. The council can’t afford to look after everyone’s waste.”
Wokingham Borough Council waste and recycling manager Pete Baveystock has committed to meet town councillors to discuss the issue.
Mr Baveystock said: “Fly-tipping is a serious offence punishable by up to two years in prison and between 2011 and 2012 there was a 2.5 per cent increase in cases across the borough.”