Recycling queen hit with £75 fine

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A TEACHER who is a self-confessed eco warrior has been threatened with a £75 council fine for fly-tipping.

Ironically the item was an empty plastic container for specialist biodegradeable washing up liquid.

And it was left carefully by the side of the plastics bin at Kingston recycling centre – because the bin was overflowing.

“I can’t tell you how horrified I was when I got the letter from the council accusing me of fly-tipping,” said 50-year-old Ruth Boden-Webster.

“I must be the least likely fly-tipper in Milton Keynes. Recycling is my passion and I’ve been doing it for 30 years, long before anyone else started.

“My partner and I have six children and we’re proud of the fact we put out just one black sack of rubbish each week.”

A special needs teacher at Netherfield’s Redway school, Ruth buys her washing up liquid from a ‘green’ online site to ensure it is eco-friendly.

The product comes in a 25 litre container stamped with her address to save packaging.

A council spokesman said there was a problem with people fly-tipping rubbish at that site.

“There are signs advising people to take larger items to one of our three community recycling centres.”