Grimsby rubbish service 'will increase fly-tipping'
A MAN who was turned away from a council tip has slammed the "petty bureaucracy" which he claims will result in a surge in fly-tipping.
Martin Shaw, 48, of Isaac's Hill, Cleethorpes, said he was told by staff at the Grimsby site on Pyewipe Industrial Estate that they could not accept his rubbish because he had brought it in a van.
When Mr Shaw, who had transported 15 bags containing household waste built up over the festive period, as well as an internal wall he demolished, phoned up the council to complain, he was told that only three bags could be deposited per visit.
However, staff had refused to take any of his rubbish, which is now being stored in his back yard.
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The self-employed painter and decorator said: "I am absolutely fuming. This is just stupidity. What is the point of having a dump if you can't take household waste to it? No wonder fly-tipping is going on.
"When I rang the council the lady asked if they had taken three bags. I said no. It looks like the staff don't even know what the rules are.
"I feel we are paying through the nose in council tax and getting nothing in return. If I ran my business like the council I wouldn't get any customers."
However, the council said that Mr Shaw had not been allowed to leave the rubbish because he had brought it in a commercial vehicle.
Councillor Peter Wheatley, the portfolio holder for environment and regeneration, said: "The council cannot accept waste and recyclable materials from businesses – this waste is classified as commercial waste.
"Instead, they need to deal with private companies who specialise in this service. Businesses need to keep accurate records and copies of waste transfer documentation to be able to demonstrate that they have done this or potentially be liable to prosecution.
"However, residents who are not operating commercially can bring their own household demolition and construction waste to our sites. But in order to reduce the amount of this waste we manage, we only accept it in small quantities and only when it is brought in the boot of a car.
"If residents do have larger quantities of this type of waste material, we advise that they hire a skip from a reputable waste management company or arrange to take the waste directly to them."