Following continued misuse Copeland Council has suspended garden waste collections for seven householders who repeatedly put household rubbish in their brown bins.
Green waste bins from the seven homes in Cleator Moor, contained large amounts of non-garden waste, which resulted in an entire lorry load having to be sent away for disposal, rather than made into compost meaning around 600 other conscientious gardeners had their recycling efforts go – literally - to waste.
The council says it wasn't the first time the householders had done this – after previous contamination incidents officers provided stickers for their bins explaining what can and can’t be collected. However, the dumping continued so the council will now not collect these garden bins for six months.
“Garden waste recycling only works if everyone does it. It only takes a couple of selfish people to put non-garden waste in there and the whole load is rejected by the composting plant.
“We will not accept this as it means hundreds of other people who were doing the right thing have seen their waste fail to be recycled.
“Occasionally we’ll get some accidental contamination, for example plant pots or seed packets – this is still problematic but we do understand and we’re happy to explain to people what should go in the bin.
“These householders have shown repeated contempt for the service, and filled their bins with large amounts of household waste.”
An Australian couple, who are visiting to watch the Ashes, are taking a detour to Whitehaven to see a special statue.
It's of Ron Looney, the former Cleator cricketer and gurning legend.
William and Aileen Mellor, from Gayndah in Queensland, Australia, met his son by chance in Brisbane, whilst watching England play Austria.
They kept in touch with Ron Looney Jr, and decided to make the trip to the Copeland Centre in Whitehaven to see the statue.
The concept of gurning took them by surprise:
One letter we received a few months ago told us to look up ‘gurning’ on the internet. We were surprised to read all about his dad being turned into a statue.
We had never seen or heard of such a competition before. We looked it up and there was all of these people pulling funny faces.”
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