HEAPS of rubbish bags have been left near a bottle bank in Whitley in the latest instance of fly tipping in the town.

The Whitley Street bottle bank area is strewn with piles of litter on the floor as well as an umbrella.

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Pictures show the mound of bags blocking part of the entrance to the bottle bank facilities.

Reading Borough Council (RBC) signs near the site explain that fly tipping is crime which could see a maximum penalty unlimited fine and/or a custodial sentence of up to five years for those prosecuted.

PICTURED: RBC fly tipping warning. Pic: Paul King

PICTURED: RBC fly tipping warning. Pic: Paul King

In November 2020, it was revealed that more than 50 fines had been handed out for fly-tipping on one road since the council installed CCTV cameras a year prior.

This is an average of more than one fine a week.

RBC has issued 57 fixed penalty notices for waste dumped on Kensington Road, in west Reading, alone, 27 of which used CCTV footage as evidence.

Also a bottle bank site, pictures from last year show mounds of litter piled at the scene.

The council has recently been urging the public to be vigilant to help combat littering and fly-tipping, and residents can report fly-tipping issues to the council at https://self.reading.gov.uk/en/service/Report_a_street_problem.

These reports are then actively investigated.

Whitley Street fly tipping. Pic: Paul King

Whitley Street fly tipping. Pic: Paul King

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Residents can also download the re3cyclopedia app for free, which has a waste search facility allowing users to enter an item and find out how best to recycle it or dispose of it safely and legally.

Reading Borough Council has been contacted for a comment.