Fly-tippers blamed for closure of Eastbourne recycling site

Businesses and fly-tippers are being blamed for the closure of an Eastbourne recycling centre at the end of the month.

Thursday, 13th May 2021, 11:54 am
Updated Thursday, 13th May 2021, 2:27 pm
Old Town recycling site
Old Town recycling site

Eastbourne council is closing the facility – which allows people to dispose of mixed recyclables – in the car park of Waitrose at the end of May.

A spokesperson at Eastbourne council which runs Environment First, the unit that looks after the site, said, “These bins attract high-levels of fly-tipping, including commercial waste, leaving our street cleansing teams to visit up to three times a week to clear it away.

“This is a persistent problem with fly-tippers ignoring the very clear signage we have installed stating is not permitted.

“The rubbish being dumped far outweighs the amount of domestic recycling being put inside the bins.

“With the supermarket’s agreement, it was decided to remove the bins and we have given notice that this will happen at the end of May.

“This council is committed to recycling and encouraging people to do this wherever possible, so it is disappointing to us - as it will be to those who used the facility properly - that this step has to be taken.

“However, it should be remembered that all residents have access to recycling using their household green bins. There are also mixed recycling banks and clothes banks in Green Street, at Tesco car park in Brassey Avenue and Morrison’s car park in Lottbridge Drove.

“This closure means that fly-tippers and commercial waste producers who have been using these bins as a dumping ground will no longer get a free rubbish removal service at the taxpayers’ expense.”