Giant skip bid to tackle rubbish

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An project to tackle fly-tipping took place in Leyland.

A firm called Recycling Lives organised the Skip 2 It event to allow people in the area to off-load bulky waste free of charge, including unwanted furniture, metal items and small electrical appliances.

The Preston company placed a large skip at the heart of the community, to encourage people to dispose of waste properly, instead of resorting to dumping rubbish on public land.

Recycling Lives’ key account manager Dafydd Dylan said: “Skip 2 It events are something that we’re really proud of at Recycling Lives..”

The scheme was supported by South Ribble Council in a bid to make it easier for householders to clear out unwanted items in an environmentally friendly way in time for Christmas.

Between April and August this year, the council issued three fixed penalty notices for fly-tipping.

In 2011/12, it handed out 10 notices and there were three successful prosecutions for fly-tipping, compared to no notices at all in the previous two years.

The Skip 2 It event, which took place at Leyland Fire Station’s car park on Broadfield Drive on Saturday morning, saw one tonne of rubbish being off-loaded.

Mr Dylan added: “Not only are Skip 2 It events great for the community and the environment, they’re a vital source of income for the Recycling Lives UK social welfare charity.”