Valley Road recycling bank site to be removed
The recycling facilities at Valley Road, Cinderford are to be withdrawn by the Forest of Dean District Council following an increase in fly-tipping at the site and on-going contamination of the recycling banks.
Despite signage at the site, reminding residents not to fly-tip, regular surveillance, and stickers on the banks instructing users what materials can be recycled in each bank, some residents and businesses persist in using the site as a tipping ground, choosing to leave everything from children’s toys, mattresses and polystyrene to building waste, general refuse and items of furniture.
Councillor Chris McFarling, Cabinet Member for the Environment at the Forest of Dean District Council said: ‘It is with regret that we have made the decision to remove the recycling banks at Valley Road at the end of the month. Unfortunately, the regular misuse of the banks means that much of the recycling which residents have put in the banks correctly and in good faith, has ended up having to be emptied by the refuse crews. This defeats the purpose of what we are trying to achieve by providing these facilities, but has been a necessary consequence due to the level of contamination we are finding.’
‘The site at Valley Road is continually blighted by fly-tipping too, which is not only anti-social – causing an eyesore for those residents living near to the site – but potentially dangerous, harmful to the environment and expensive to clear, the cost of which is ultimately borne by the council tax payer.’
‘Our street warden team investigates all fly-tips found on council-managed land to try and establish who is responsible and, where evidence is found, take the appropriate enforcement action. It is evident from what is being left that members of the public are - in the main - having to drive to the site to dispose of these items, which could have easily be taken just a few miles further to the Household Recycling Centre and disposed of legally,’ he added.
Following the Council’s introduction of its weekly recycling service in 2016, all of the materials accepted at the Valley Road site can be recycled at the kerbside. Anyone needing recycling containers should contact the Forest of Dean District Council on 01594 810000.
Residents are reminded that recycling and excess refuse can also be taken to the Household Recycling Centre (HRC) at Broadwell, near Coleford. A full list of recycling banks can also be found on the district council’s website.
The District Council also offers a bulky waste collection service for residents who have larger items to dispose of, for a small charge (£15 for up to 3 items; £30 for 4-6 items). Alternatively, items such as white goods, furniture and electricals can be taken to the HRC and disposed of for free or, if deemed of good enough quality, offered to a local reuse project.
Residents that discover fly-tipped waste or witness fly-tipping are encouraged to contact the District Council as soon as possible by calling 01594 810000, providing details of the exact fly-tipping location and any other relevant information, including the vehicle registration number and details of the amount of waste that has been deposited. Alternatively residents can contact the Environment Agency Incident Hotline on 0800 80 70 60.
Businesses are reminded that it is illegal for any trade to use the Household Recycling Centre or the Forest of Dean District Council’s recycling banks. Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, businesses must make their own arrangements to dispose of their waste properly and ensure that this is done by a licensed waste disposal company.
Anyone found fly-tipping can face a fine of up to £50,000 through the courts and imprisonment depending on the severity of the crime. In 2016, local authorities were granted greater powers to tackle the problem, allowing them to issue penalty notices of anything from £50 to £400 to those caught in the act of fly-tipping.
The Joint Waste Partnership provides waste and recycling services on behalf of Cheltenham Borough Council, Cotswold District Council, Forest of Dean District Council, Tewkesbury Borough Council and Gloucestershire County Council.
Residents are urged not to touch any fly-tipped waste as it may contain items or chemicals hazardous to health and to make sure the site is not disturbed in any way as there may be evidence that could help identify the fly-tippers and lead to their prosecution. Tampering with the scene could undermine a criminal investigation.
Details of local reuse projects and schemes can be found on: www.recycleforgloucestershire.com