An angry Doncaster pensioner has branded rules which stop him from using his local tip as ‘ridiculous.’
Dennis Thorpe, of Hickleton, had been using Goldthorpe recyling centre in Barnsley for almost 20 years.
But when he visited last month he was shocked to be told he could not use the facility.
He said: “One chap was about to start unloading and then another came over and asked me where I was from.
“When I said I was from Hickleton he told me that I had to go to a tip in Doncaster because I wasn’t a Barnsley resident.”
Mr Thorpe’s house, on Lady Mary View, is just two miles from the recycling centre, on Nicholas Lane, and it takes him five minutes to drive there. The nearest Doncaster tip is seven miles away.
“I’d only been down there the day before to dispose of some old carpet and that was put in the tip no problem. Nobody asked me where I was from then,” he said.
“This is ridiculous. Common sense would allow me to use this tip. It’s the closest one to me.
“It shouldn’t matter if someone lives in Doncaster or Barnsley, we all pay our council tax and we are all South Yorkshire residents. This is bureaucratic madness.
“It’s no wonder people fly tip and put rubbish in hedge bottoms if it’s this hard to use a tip.”
Mr Thorpe claims he was told he would have to take his rubbish to the Armthorpe, Carcroft or Conisbrough recycling centres.
Armthorpe recycling centre, on Armthorpe Road, is almost 12 miles from his home and Carcroft recycling centre, Moor Lane, is seven miles, while Conisbrough recycling centre, Crookhill Road, is almost nine miles.
“If I take my rubbish to Armthorpe tip I will have travelled almost 25 miles there and back, just to get rid of some rubbish,” he said.
“How ridiculous is that? There were no signs anywhere in the tip, or at least not anywhere they were visible, so how are you supposed to know?
“I am angry. I am a state pensioner, I have worked all my life, I pay my rates and I can’t even use my local tip.”
Barnsley Council’s website states: “You can only use the site if you’re a Barnsley resident.
“You may be asked to prove that you live in the borough, so take a council tax or utility bill, a bank statement or your driving licence with you.”
No further comment was available from Barnsley Council.