Council collects bin by mistake

Micheal (Dad), Christopher 8, Joe 6'Pictured with the overflowing Blue Bin'PA1132-10a
Micheal (Dad), Christopher 8, Joe 6'Pictured with the overflowing Blue Bin'PA1132-10a

AN ECO-FRIENDLY family were shocked to find their recycling bin had dissappeared while attempting to recycle their rubbish.

Michael Lupton, of Carlton Street, had two large blue bins which he filled with recyclable waste every month.

But he was shocked to find last month that one of his large bins had been replaced by a smaller one – which was later taken away completely.

Mr Lupton said: “We have had two large blue bins for the last two years.

“We have five children living here with my wife and I, and we believe very strongly in recycling, as we thought the council did.

“The council encouraged us to have two large bins because we were filling them every month with recyclable items.

“My eight-year-old son used to have to jump up and down on both of them to squash the plastic down, but now you put glass and tins in there so it obviously doesn’t happen now.”

Mr Lupton and his wife Amanda, as well as the five children aged 8, 6, 4, 3 and 2, say they couldn’t manage with only one recycling bin – meaning more waste would be taken to land fill.

“When we tried to ring up the council’s customer services and ask them what had happened, we were told that every family in Bridlington could manage on one bin, and that we would be lucky to have the other replaced,” continued Mr Lupton.

“The council says it is committed to recycling and we are trying to bring our children up to be educated about it as well.”

The bin has now been replaced by East Riding of Yorkshire Council, who said it was “a mistake to have taken it” in the first place.

A spokesperson for the council said: “Mr Lupton has his bin back and we applaud his commitment to recycling.”