Fly-tipping hell: Major supermarket axes recycling bins with fears over huge pile ups of waste

Rubbish piled up at Sainsbury’s in Muirend, Glasgow

Sainsbury's has sparked fly-tipping fears after removing all of its remaining recycling points at stores across Britain

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Georgina Cutler

By Georgina Cutler


Published: 20/10/2023

- 11:49

Britons have shared their concerns over the move which could lead to more fly tipping

Sainsbury's has sparked fly-tipping fears after removing all of its remaining recycling points at stores across Britain.

Around 250 branches have seen sites to recycle metal cans, glass, plastic and paper bins based around car parks disappear.


It comes two years after Sainsbury's was one of the main sponsors of the Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow.

However, Sainsbury's has not yet made an official announcement about the closures.

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Around 250 branches have seen sites to recycle metal cans, glass, plastic and paper bins based around car parks disappear

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Britons have shared their disappointment online with many suggesting the move has led to more fly tipping.

"So gutted to read on a notice on the glass recycling facility that they will no longer be providing this service," one person said about the Liphook centre.

Another said: "So much for environmental concern," describing the move as "shocking".

Daniel Webb, founder of the campaign group Everyday Plastic, added: "This move not only places more reliance on kerbside recycling but also reduces the opportunity for those who may not have kerbside recycling services, such as residents in flats."

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A Sainsbury's spokesman said: "We want to focus on the areas where we can make the biggest difference and support our customers in their efforts to help the planet.

"As recycling of materials such as glass and cardboard is available from home with local councils, we're prioritising services at our stores that people cannot get elsewhere.

"For example, all our supermarkets offer flexible plastic recycling."

The supermarket added that in all stores customers can recycle flexible plastic packaging – including crisp packets, food pouches, salad bags, biscuit and cake wrappers, as well as carrier bags, clothes hangers and batteries.

Britons have shared their disappointment online with many suggesting the move has led to more fly tipping

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It comes after councils across the UK began clamping down on recycling bank "fly-tippers" after installing spy cameras to catch people leaving bags of items next to the bins.

However many residents claim the bins are always full.

Local authorities have set up surveillance cameras and issued fines to people caught leaving items of donated clothing and recycling next to the bins.

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