The popular Recycling Point at the Kingston Shopping Centre will now close every night from 8pm – 8am with immediate effect in an effort to deter continual dumping of rubbish at the site.
The Recycling Point is provided to offer residents greater access to recycling facilities – it is not intended for any non-recyclable rubbish or waste from businesses. All recycling must be placed in the bins provided as any refuse dumped on the ground is fly-tipping and this carries a fine of up to £50,000 or up to five years’ imprisonment.
Residents with any non-recyclable waste should take this to one of the council’s three Community Recycling Centres located at Newport Pagnell, New Bradwell and Bleak Hall. Commercial waste facilities are provided at Newport Pagnell.
Milton Keynes Council is working closely with the Kingston Shopping Centre Management Company to improve both the facilities and security at the site. Andy Hudson, the council’s head of environment and waste, said: “We are pleased that so many residents use the recycling facility at Kingston Shopping Centre. However, the minority who abuse the site by dumping rubbish are costing council taxpayers unnecessarily as we have to clean up the mess.”
Euan Forbes, Kingston Shopping Centre manager, added: “By closing the site overnight we hope to see less dumped rubbish which is an eyesore and lets down the entire area. We urge residents to use the site responsibly as continued abuse will mean we will have to re-consider the future of the facility.”
For further information on all recycling points in Milton Keynes and the materials they accept, visit the council’s website: www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/recycling.