Due to fly tipping and the general misuse of the Ashchurch Road recycling site in Tewkesbury, the decision has been made by the site owners, Morrison’s, to close the facility with immediate effect.
Electrical appliances, furniture and food waste have all been left inappropriately in recent months causing Morrison’s to review the facility and conclude that closure until further notice is the best course of action at this time. Tewkesbury Borough Council will assist with the removal of the bins and the clearance of the site.
Tewkesbury Borough Council maintains a commitment to clamping down on fly tipping. If any evidence is found during the clearance of the site fixed penalty notices will be issued or prosecutions made.
Cllr Jim Mason, Tewkesbury Borough Council’s Lead Member for Clean and Green Environment said, “I am disappointed that the site has been misused and that a large amount of waste has been fly tipped on the floor of the facility. It is designed for small amounts of excess recycling that cannot fit into the blue bins at home and not for the large quantity of bulky items and general waste that has been dumped there this weekend and previously on a regular basis.”
The council would like to remind residents that there is a duty of care for businesses and members of the public to dispose of waste correctly. The borough council offers a bulky waste collection service through which householders can arrange the collection of up to three bulky items. There is also a commercial waste service for businesses to dispose of their waste legally. Should residents employ someone to dispose of waste on their behalf, they should be aware that they are responsible for checking that the individual or company has the appropriate waste carrier licence.
Should residents wish to deal with it themselves then local Household Recycling Centres can be found in Bishops Cleeve and Gloucester. Full detail of what can be recycled and where is available on the councils website: www.tewkesbury.gov.uk/waste-and-recycling.