North East Lincolnshire Council is warning people not to dump waste at ‘bring to’ recycling banks after a spate of fly-tipping incidents over the last week.
They are located in convenient places for people to recycle reasonable amounts of cans, glass, paper and plastic.
But people have been abusing some of the sites by leaving rubbish outside the recycling banks.
A mattress, boxes, trolley and carpet were just some of the items dumped at Sainsbury’s, Morrison’s and Garibaldi Street.
Councillor David Bolton, portfolio holder for safer and stronger communities, said: “Some of the items dumped were not items that would go in your household waste bin.
“If a ‘bring to’ site is full, do not just throw your rubbish outside it onto the ground as crews have to be diverted from whatever else they are doing to come and clear it.
“Instead, take your waste to one of the community recycling centres in Estuary Way, Grimsby, or Queens Road, Immingham.”
Councillor Steve Beasant, chairman of the overview and scrutiny committee, said: “Piles of rubbish left at these sites is unacceptable, unsightly, and could attract rats.
“It is unfair to leave a site in this state expecting us to clear up the rubbish, especially with Christmas approaching.
“Fly-tipping is a crime and we investigate all incidents. Where we find enough evidence that can be used, we will take offenders to court.”