Christchurch Fly-tippers force bring bank closure0
The Dorset Waste Partnership (DWP) will remove its ‘bring-banks’ on Avon Causeway, Hurn on 1 August in response to concerns the site has become an unsightly dumping ground.
Items illegally tipped there have included washing machines, mattresses, builders’ rubble and tyres.
The reluctant decision to remove the banks follows discussions between the DWP, Christchurch Borough Council and Hurn Parish Council.
The councils have been monitoring the problem for years and have made various attempts to combat it, including planting trees to screen the site. The borough council even invested in CCTV cameras to deter tippers only to have them stolen.
Fly-tipping carries a fine of up to £50,000 or a 12-month prison sentence. Last year there were 522 reported incidents of fly-tipping in Christchurch, of which the Hurn site accounted for 12 per cent.
The Hurn recycling banks are for household materials including plastic bottles, cardboard and glass. These are now collected fortnightly in Christchurch and East Dorset using the DWP’s ‘recycle for Dorset’ service, which has led to a twofold increase in Christchurch’s recycling rate since October.
Items such as clothes and small electrical appliances can be taken to nearby mini recycling centres in Christchurch and West Parley and to charity shops.
Bigger items should be taken to a household recycling centre (HRC). Christchurch HRC on Wilverley Road is open seven days a week and accepts a wide range of household and garden waste. Residents can also contact their local council to request a bulky waste collection.
You can report fly-tipping in Dorset online or call (01305) 221040.