Copeland Borough Council has suspended cardboard recycling at its recycling sites after contamination rendered the stream unrecyclable.
The council last month appealed for the public to be extra vigilant when visiting recycling centres after a large quantity of meat was found dumped in a cardboard recycling unit in Whitehaven.
Despite this meat was again found in another cardboard container at a different site, as well as a significant amount of general household and trade waste.
Copeland Borough Council – “Due to the quantities of meat found dumped, our Enforcement team are now carrying out trade waste document checks in the problem areas”
The council says that until it can find ways to stop individuals abusing the facility it has no choice but to suspend the service.
Janice Carrol, Waste & Enforcement Manager Copeland Borough Council said it is a minority of people who are causing the service to be disrupted for the majority of responsible residents.
“Due to the quantities of meat found dumped, our Enforcement team are now carrying out trade waste document checks in the problem areas,” she said. “Our Environmental Health teams who visit food premises will also be checking how businesses dispose of their business waste.
“We are also looking at ways of adapting the cardboard banks, which have larger apertures than the banks for other recyclables. However, we want everyone to use these service responsibly.
“Any cardboard left at the recycling centres while the service is suspended will be treated as fly tipping and appropriate action will be taken.
“We are aiming to gradually reintroduce the service by Christmas and in the meantime we ask residents, if possible to store their cardboard for recycling until then. If this is not convenient, cardboard recycling is available at the Cumbria County Council household waste recycling centres.”