Recycle centre hit by foul fly-tippers

Household refuse fly tipped at the recycling point in the Cattle Market carpark
Household refuse fly tipped at the recycling point in the Cattle Market carpark

A BUXTON resident has hit out at the ‘disgusting’ piles of rubbish that have been left discarded in one of the town’s main car parks.

Empty bottles, cardboard boxes and carrier bags are among the rubbish piled up at the side of the High Peak Borough Council recycling centre, which is situated in a corner of the Cattle Market car park off Market Street.

And over the Christmas period, even old mattresses and furniture were dumped at the site – in defiance of signs warning against fly tipping.

Speaking to the Advertiser this week, one Buxton resident described the scene, which is also believed to be a hot spot for dog fouling, as one of ‘absolute chaos’.

“It is disgusting,” they said. “We are supposed to be pushing recycling, but all people seem to be doing is coming up in their cars and dumping the bags on the ground and they are being left there. It is an environmental issue.”

High Peak Borough Council, which is in charge of recycling and also owns the Market Street car park, is now being called upon to clean-up the mess.

A council spokesperson said: “The accumulation of recyclables adjacent to bring sites in the first few days after Christmas resulted from the customary increase in waste during the festive period and the fact that severe weather prevented contractors accessing the banks on certain dates.

“Flytipping of bring sites is an environmental crime that carries stiff penalties.

“The council monitors the sites regularly and deploys cameras from time to time to identify offenders.

“The council will not hesitate to take action against culprits who are caught.

“The opening of the new household waste and recycling centre at Waterswallows means there is less excuse than ever for flytipping that the council then has to remove at the taxpayers’ expense.”

The recycling centre at the Cattle Market accepts paper, glass, cans, textiles, books and plastic.