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Woman fined for leaving recycling next to 'unemptied bin'

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Recyling bin in Redbridge

A single mother has been fined £400 for leaving her recycling next to an unemptied bin for collection.

In December Bonnie Janes was struggling to fit all of her plastics and cardboards into the overflowing bin at Hermon Hill recycling centre.

She decided to place the rest next to the bin for collection.

On New Year’s Day the 38-year-old received a letter from the Redbridge Council demanding £400 for fly-tipping.

Ms Janes said: “I don’t think they can justify it, the council hasn’t come back to me with any reason for the refusal of my appeal.

“I’ve been washing and seperating my recycling for years, trying to do the right thing.

“I could have thrown it in landfill but I am a lifelong environmentalist, I was just trying to do my bit.

“It’s their fault that the recycling bin wasn’t emptied for me to put my recycling into.

“Now they’re just trying to bully me into paying the fine. I cannot afford it. They have shown no humanity or decency. I am so cross and sad.

“I feel bullied and persecuted.”

The Trafalgar Place resident: “I’m a low earner with restricted hours because I am committed to the school run.

“Life is a struggle and I do my best to do the right things. And the thanks I get is a £400 fine. I don’t have £400.

“And if I have to pay this, the council will be making my life even more difficult than it already is.

Ms Janes, who is a lifelong vegetarian, said she will take the appeals process as far as it can go to fight the fine, even to court in necessary.

She added: “I feel very strongly about the environment but now I just feel insulted, they’re accusing me of fly-tipping, I couldn’t believe it."

A spokesman for Redbridge Council said: “Fly-tipping is taken very seriously by the council and costs large sums of money to clear up.

“Tough action through penalty notices is a necessary way to keep our neighbourhoods clean and deters people from dumping rubbish.

“There is a sign at the site stating that anyone leaving items next to the bins would be prosecuted. Ms Janes has admitted to leaving the boxes there and the appeal has been refused.”

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County recycling centres to charge for soil and rubble

Caitlin Webb

Local Democracy Reporter

County councillors have endorsed plans to charge for non-household waste at tips despite 85% of residents disagreeing with the idea.

Members of Kent County Council's environment and transport cabinet committee voted to introduce fees at household waste and recycling centres for rubble and soil.

KCC run 18 tips across the county, which collect around 185,000 tonnes of waste, costing around £10m to the taxpayer.

In a bid to save money, KCC plan to charge £4 per bag for soil, rubble and hardcore and £6 per bag of plasterboard.

Around 2,300 people disagreed with the plans due to fear of increased fly-tipping.

A survey of local authorities that already charge for this waste found there had been no impact on fly-tipping.