A man says she has been left very upset following an incident at Derby’s Raynesway tip in which he claims he was “threatened” with a fine should he leave waste there.
Neil Asher said he made the trip to Raynesway Household Waste Recycling Centre last Saturday afternoon to help out a friend in Chaddesden who was reluctant to add to the huge pile of rubbish already in place outside her flat.
As a friendly gesture, Mr Asher – who doesn’t live in Derby or Derbyshire – said he would clear some of her rubbish by taking it to the recycling centre after searching for it on Google Maps.
The 58-year-old said at the time he did not know that people had to book an appointment to use the Raynesway Household Waste Recycling Centre.
When he got there, Mr Asher said he was told he could not leave the rubbish at the recycling centre because he did not have an appointment.
Mr Asher said: “One of my friends lives in Chaddesden and I had to pop over to assist one of her friends to move house. When I arrived my friend remarked that the bins had not been emptied and were looking very untidy.
“She chose not to add to the pile of rubbish on the bins and asked if I could take her household rubbish to the tip so she could legally dispose of it.
“On arrival at the tip I was threatened with a fine for flytipping if I left any of this household rubbish at the household rubbish centre.
“Although there were no other residents at the centre I was told that we needed to book an appointment online and there weren’t any slots available.
“They couldn’t answer me how it is possible to book a slot based on crystal ball gazing as to when their colleagues would not bother to empty the bins. If these bins had been emptied then there would be no need to make this journey.
“The experience has left me very upset and have found it infuriating. It’s not what you expect to hear when you go the tip.
“I would be interested to know why, if the lockdown is now over, why people still need to make an appointment.”
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, changes have been made at the Raynesway Household Waste and Recycling Centre in relation to when people can go.
New rules state people cannot visit without a booking. Those who arrive without a booking “will be turned away and could cause delays for others who have booked,” its websites states.
But Mr Asher said he did not know that as he is not from the area.
He added: “I feel Derby City Council are, in part, responsible for the explosion of discarded items as they are going out of their way to make it practically impossible to dispose of any household waste legally.”
A spokesperson for Derby City Council said: “The free-to-use booking system at Raynesway has been in place for almost a year now and has been widely publicised. This includes highway signage before you reach the site, clearly stating that you cannot enter the site without a booking.
“The introduction of the booking system was widely welcomed and praised by residents and local businesses. Bookings can be made online, via the MiPermit system.
“In December 2020 the Council’s Cabinet approved making the booking system permanent. We’re planning to implement this in the coming weeks. A date and further information will be released in due course.
“Anyone who chooses to blight our city, by fly-tipping waste and is caught, can expect to be issued with a fixed penalty notice or prosecuted. This includes leaving waste at the entrance to the Raynesway HWRC site.
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“The Raynesway HWRC site is managed in partnership with H.W Martins who wouldn’t have been able to comment on bin collections. The resident’s bin wasn’t collected in this case as excess waste had been piled on top of the bin. For the safety of our staff, we will not move excess waste and we are only able to empty the contents of the wheelie bin.
“Further information about what to do if your bin is missed is available on our website.”