Screen Shot 2015-12-15 at 15.44.32ADVICE is being issued to Middlesbrough residents to prevent a repeat of a festive flytipping outbreak which occurred last year.

Steps have been taken by Middlesbrough Council to stop irresponsible behaviour such as that which saw the recycling “bring site” at The Parkway Centre in Coulby Newham overwhelmed by dumping of non-recyclable rubbish.

Residents are advised that as always over the festive period the town’s refuse workers will take side waste – black bags left beside the normal weekly collection bin – and excess recycling can be placed out for collection in clear plastic bags along with their blue-lidded recycling bin.

Additional CCTV monitoring will also take place for evidence gathering in order that enforcement action can be taken against flytippers. The Council has also committed to extra cleansing of the recycling sites across the town over Christmas and New Year

Cllr Tracy Harvey, Executive Member for Environment, said: “The flytipping at the Parkway Centre last Christmas was totally unacceptable and irresponsible.

“It may have started with well-meaning residents wanting to recycle wrapping paper and other small items but it very quickly escalated to a large-scale dumping operation, with carpets, electrical items and other bulky waste thrown on the pile.

“The main point we want to get across is that our refuse collectors will take extra waste left by the side of the bins, either in black bags for the weekly refuse or in clear bags for recycling.

“We know people are keen to do their bit and we are always thankful to residents’ efforts to recycle as much as possible and we will always try to make that as easy as possible.”

Recycling and refuse collections over Christmas and New Year:

Normal: Friday, December 25. Revised: Monday, December 28.

Normal: Friday, January 1. Revised: Monday, January 4.

For full details of recycling sites in Middlesbrough, and which materials can be recycled, visit www.middlesbrough.gov.uk/recycling

For further information, contact Environment Services on 01642 726001 or email envservices@middlesbrough.gov.uk