Services help people avoid rubbish fines

The council is reminding people about the range of services on offer to recycle or collect waste.

The reminder comes as a Beeston man has been prosecuted for flytipping furniture.

Instead of donating an unwanted sofa to charity or arranging a bulky waste collection through the council, Michal Ryznar of Brompton View, asked work colleagues to collect it in December 2012.

The sofa, initially spotted outside Ryznar’s property by environmental action officers, turned up on a piece of land in a neighbouring street a few days later.

Ryznar was prosecuted for flytipping and Leeds Magistrates have ordered him to pay £450 costs and a £75 fine plus a £20 victim surcharge.

Ryznar could have avoided the hefty fine by donating the sofa to charity or passing it on through Leeds Freegle.

Many charities and organisations across the city will pick up unwanted furniture and take donations of good quality household goods and working electronics.

The council’s recycling centres also have dedicated containers so people can drop off household goods to be re-used by local charities.

The east Leeds recycling centre at Seacroft is also home to Revive, a re-use shop selling donated items back to the public at low costs.

If large items or furniture can’t be reused, the council offers a bulky waste collection service.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment, said:

“One person’s trash really is another person’s treasure. We need to ensure things we no longer want or need are reused and recycled while sending things to landfill should be a last resort.

“If your household goods can’t be re-used or recycled then please ensure they’re disposed of properly as you could face a hefty fine for flytipping.”

Re-using and recycling furniture and household goods has multiple benefits; with less waste going to landfill the council saves money and good causes can raise funds while providing affordable goods or they can put them to good use in the services they provide.

For more information on re-use and recycling services in the city, please see http://www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/Pages/ReUse.aspx.

For media enquiries please contact:

Amanda Burns, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1577

email: amanda.l.burns@leeds.gov.uk