For some people, it would seem that trying to be green really does pay. It pays someone else, that is. Queen of green, Ruth Boden-Webster, who has been recycling for 30 years, has been accused of fly-tipping by her local Council, after she was caught green-handed dropping a bottle of washing-up liquid next to the recycling bins at her local Tesco store. Serves her right, you might say, she should have put it where it was meant to go. Except the recycling bin was over-flowing, so there was nowhere else to put it.
Miss Boden-Webster received a letter from Wayne Turner of Milton Keynes Council, accusing her of fly-tipping rubbish on 25 January. The Council only found her because the bottle, which is biodegradable had her address marked on the side. It had been posted to her to save on packaging.
Her fine has been reduced to £50 because she contacted the Council within the required 14 days, but she is adamant that she will not pay the fine, on principle. If she does not pay it, the fine could be increased to £50,000 and she could go to jail, according to Government regulations.
Miss Boden-Webster could not believe that she got the letter from the Council, saying that she was the least likely fly-tipper. Even though she has six children, she only puts out one black bag of rubbish per week, something of which she is very proud. She orders the washing-up liquid online and it gets delivered in a 25 litre container.
She has contacted her local MP, Mark Lancaster, about the matter, who has said that he will discuss it with Milton Keynes Council, for whom a spokesperson said that fly-tipping was a real problem and that there were large signs advising the public to take waste to any of 3 recycling centers.