A Bedfordshire council considers introducing recycling fines

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It has emerged that Luton Borough Council is considering introducing a new recycling scheme that will see those not abiding by the recycling rules fined for their offenses.

The information comes just weeks after the Daily Mail ran a piece questioning Luton’s status as possibly the “dirtiest town in Britain”, amid growing problems with fly-tipping in the suburbs. Residents have said that the problems began when the council introduced a £25 fee for taking larger items to the local recycling centres.

Sian Timoney, Deputy leader of Luton Borough Council, has confirmed that they are in the process of carrying out a waste review as a result of the recent increase in fly-tipping, which has seen mounds of mattresses, old furniture and white goods building up throughout the suburbs. Sian Timoney said: “We are looking at how we can increase the amount of recycling, as the amount of money it costs to send waste to landfills is really high.”

Luton Borough Council consider recycling fines

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The new scheme would make recycling compulsory for residential and commercial properties throughout Luton Borough Council. The council has said that it is considering employing special officers under the new scheme; these officers would visit households which are in breach of the recycling rules and/or are thought to be guilty of fly-tipping.

At present, Islington Council operates a similar scheme which sees anyone not following the rules hit with a £110 fine.

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