The council is currently experiencing a high number of incidents of misuse of at their Recycling Bring Sites and are beginning action to crack down on this. The main issues are around fly-tipping and littering around the site banks.

There are 13 recycling bring sites across the borough where residents can recycle a wide range of materials. So, as well as your household recycling bins we also offer additional recycling bins around the borough for paper, cardboard, metals, textiles and books.

These additional bins are located at supermarkets, car parks, lay-bys and social clubs. Each site varies in the materials we accept  but are for domestic waste only. These should not be used for trade waste.

Putting the wrong material in a bank causes the waste in the bank to become contaminated, meaning that it can’t then be sent for recycling.

Any waste left on the ground alongside the banks or outside designated banks, or on top of sealed skips or containers, is classed as fly-tipping, which is a criminal offence and could result in fines or prosecution. If people leave waste on the ground, it attracts more fly tipping, it makes it difficult to collect skips and containers, and the ongoing costs of cleaning and the removal of the fly-tipping  costs money.

Bring bank sites are for household waste only. Any business should have its own commercial arrangements in place for removal of any waste or recycling.

Cllr Yvonne Stevens, portfolio holder for environmental services, said: “We really do not want to be in the position where we have to remove the bring banks from the sites and take this extra recycling facility away from our residents. We need to make sure these facilities are used in the correct way and not taken advantage of.

“If you arrive at one of our sites and the bins are full, please try one of the other sites or take your recycling home and try again at a later date, do not leave your items next to the bins on the floor.”

If you come across any recycling banks that are full or any excess waste that is around the sites, please contact Boston Borough Council on 01205 314200.