A Croydon resident trying to recycle a cardboard box received a fine from Labour-run Croydon Council - despite trying to do the right thing.
The Forestdale resident was attempting to dispose of a very large cardboard box on behalf of a disabled relative. Noticing it didn't fit through the slot in the lid and was unable to break it down, they placed it next to the recycling bin. Within an hour they had received a Fixed Penalty Notice through the letter box for £150.
Cllr Tim Pollard, Leader of Croydon's Conservative Councillors, is appalled at the way this resident has been treated: “We made it very clear in our local election manifesto that we will cease the idiotic council practice of fining people who try to use the recycling centres, find the bins are full and leave the stuff next to them – this is not fly tipping, this is residents trying to do the right thing!
'It is really disappointing that this resident has been treated so badly by the council when she is trying to be a responsible citizen and we would urge the council to drop this ridiculous charge immediately.”
This is not the first time that Croydon's Labour-run Council has fined a resident for trying to do the right thing. In February 2016 a pregnant primary school teacher was fined £80 for doing the exact same thing - trying to recycle at a centre that the Council had not emptied for many, many days.
The teacher arrived at Monks Orchard Green recycling depot to drop off some cardboard boxes but discovered all the bins were full and overflowing (picture above).
She tried to leave three flat-packed cardboard boxes next to the correct bin - at which point she was approached by a Croydon Council enforcement officer.
UPDATE 19th April 2018
As a result of consistent pressure from Chris Philp MP and Croydon Conservatives, the fine for the Forestdale resident has been overturned.