Fly tipping causes permanent closure of Plumpton recycling centre

Plumpton recycling centre closed with gates preventing entry. Credit - Charlotte Everett
Plumpton recycling centre closed with gates preventing entry. Credit - Charlotte Everett

A recycling centre in Cumbria has been shut due to ongoing fly tipping.

The permanent closure of the Plumpton village site comes after sofas and mattresses were dumped illegally at the centre.

Eden District Council decided on the closure after the incidents were costing the council more than it was saving.

However, local school Plumpton Primary school was in charge of cleaning the centre by arranging a rota of children’s parents to take turns.

Elaine Martin, Plumpton Parish Council Chairman and Plumpton Resident said: “The recycle centre has always been in the hands of the school, it’s been their responsibility to clean it up, to run a rota, to get parents involved.

“At the start when a lot of the parents were from Plumpton and surrounding areas they seemed to do the cleaning but as the years have gone on more and more parents have come from the town so the actual recycling centre to them doesn’t mean anything.”

Plumpton recycling centre fly tipping. Credit - Elaine Martin
Plumpton recycling centre fly tipping. Credit – Elaine Martin

But Cllr Mike Tonkin, Eden District Council argues that the recycling centre was well known in the area as a place for fly tipping.

Cllr Tonkin said: “It was well known that Plumpton was a dumping place, there’s no houses nearby that can observe, we didn’t have cameras which I think was a mistake but that was out of my hands.

“I have horrendous pictures of beds, fridges all kinds of horrendous things dumped there.”

Amount of fly tipping in areas of Cumbria 2020.

Plumpton residents are still able to recycle by using green bags and boxes which are collected fortnightly.

Elaine added: “The recycle centre was put there before we all had our green bags and bins, now every household is entitled to a green bag and bin so they can still recycle then that’s why we felt we had made the right decision because we hadn’t taken the recycling any from anyone.”

Fly tipping incidents in the village have fallen since the closure of the recycling centre.