Public urged to stop dumping rubbish at skip

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A Horncastle man has appealed to residents to stop using a waste paper skip in a busy town car park.

Peter Wilkinson says the town council has confirmed the skip - in the Bain car park - is owned by a company which has ‘gone into administration’.

As a result, he says the skip will not be emptied.

Mr Wilkinson said: “The skip bin is full to overflowing, and the public are now dumping paper and cardboard on the top of it.

“As a consequence, wet paper and cardboard is littering the vicinity of the recycling centre in the car park.

“Clearly, the ‘skip’ is a disgrace and detracts from the appearance of the town.”

Mr Wilkinson said he attempted to contact the company whose name is on the skip.

He added: “I rang on at least four occasions. The number rings out but is never 
picked up. It is possible, of course, that the company has gone out of business.

“I spoke to ELDC, via the red telephone (recycling button) in Horncastle Library and who answered promised that ‘the problem would be looked into’, or words to that effect.”

However, Mr Wilkinson says nothing was done, so he contacted Horncastle Town Council.

In a reply, town clerk Amanda Bushell said: “I have contacted ELDC about this matter and you are correct, the company has gone out of business.

“The company is currently in administration so ELDC cannot remove the bin from the car park and they do not have access to empty it.

“ELDC are looking into this, but I’m afraid there is not a quick solution.

“I’m not quite sure why there is a waste paper collection skip there anyway, as people can put newspapers and cardboard in their grey recycling bin at home.

“ELDC will collect recycling side waste put next to the skip if it is full.”

Mr Wilkinson told the News he hoped residents would read the article and be ‘discouraged’ from using the skip.

The News also tried to contact the company - without success.