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Bin fine pair to fight court ruling

A WHITEHAVEN family who hit the national headlines after being prosecuted for overfilling their bin say the support they have received has been overwhelming.

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TOP Joe Clements, a horticulture apprentice from the Myerscough College, at Bilsborrow on the Fylde, working in the famous topiary gardens at Levens Hall submitted

They say the publicity is finally starting to tail off and their lives are beginning to get back to normality – but have vowed to fight on until they get the conviction overturned.

Bus driver Gareth Corkhill found himself in court for overfilling his family’s bin, leaving the lid raised by four inches.

Magistrates imposed a fine and costs totalling £225 and the 26-year-old father has been left with a criminal record.

The ruling caused a national outcry, with people from all over Cumbria and the UK rallying round with words of support and even donations.

As well as cash to cover the fine, the family have also been given a £400 steel crushing machine by Shrewsbury firm Waste Pact. The compact bin, which is designed to fit in a kitchen, is capable of crushing what would normally amount to eight bags of household rubbish into just one bag.

The hope is that Mr Corkhill, of The Oval, Mirehouse, can now fit all of his family’s waste into the wheelie bin.

His wife Claire said it was just one of the many donations that they have been given since the story hit the headlines.

“We’ve had so much support from Cumbria and further afield. It’s been quite overwhelming really,” she said.

“I think it’s because everyone can relate to us, everyone has similar problems. We’re all trying our best to recycle but there’s only so much you can do, you can recycle plastic bottles but there are no facilities for normal plastic.

“The problem is that there is far too much packaging with everything. That is the real issue – that’s where the action is needed, to reduce it.”

She and her husband say the support they have received has given them even more incentive to fight against the ruling, which they believe is unfair.

“The publicity is slightly dying down. It’s been a hectic week but we are definitely pleased that we spoke out.

“We are now even more determined to appeal against the conviction and try to get it lifted. At the end of the day Gareth now has an unfair criminal record,” she added.

Have your say

Its just another Council (that was elected) that is'nt in touch with the locals which its suppose to serve and does not understand what ends people go too, to do the right thing by recycling, when are they actually going to realise that this does in some instances cost a person money to recycle? the council should be happy that the public are actually giving them more recyclable items rather than just bung it in the bin for landfill.

Posted by Karl on 14 October 2009 at 00:34

There is only two in my house and i have to visit the tip and recycle centers weekly, so i dont overfill my wheely bin why are we paying so much C-TAX for fortnightly collections bring back weekly pickup AS THE STREETS AND BACK ROADS ARE A MESS WITH FLY TIPPING

Posted by David on 26 April 2009 at 18:31

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