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Council scraps green site.

Illegally dumped rubbish has forced a council to scrap a recycling station.

Castle Morpeth Borough Council provided five wheeled bins for garden waste in Pinewood Drive, Lancaster Park, two years ago. But they have been increasingly filled with ordinary household and trade waste.

Manager Andy Rutherford said: "We have decided the bins will have to be removed because of the constant levels of contamination and fly tipping in them, much of which is trade waste dumped by local businesses.

"This has resulted in green waste being contaminated and ending up going to landfill."

It is the second time the council has had to remove recycling facilities because of misuse.

Last year a site at Morrisons supermarket was scaled down, no longer taking plastics, cans, tins, paper or cardboard, after a period when everything from pushchairs to carrycots had been dumped.

Coun Doug Phillips, executive member for the environment, said: "We are proud to boast that Castle Morpeth has the highest recycling rate in the region. That makes it even more annoying when householders have to lose a facility because it has been abused."
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:May 10, 2006
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