Arsonists attack Hitchin recycling banks

ARSONISTS who destroyed five recycling banks in Hitchin last weekend have caused more than �7000 worth of damage.

A small group of young people were spotted trying to set fire to the paper banks at Westmill Community Centre in John Parker Place last Sunday, causing damage to the bins as well as some nearby garages.

Herts Fire and Rescue Service were called to the scene, and the remains of the banks have now been removed.

But these can not be replaced by North Herts District Council, which means residents will now have to rely on kerbside collection service to recycle their paper.

“Frankly, this is another example of mindless minority ruining things for the vast majority of residents,” said Cllr Peter Burt, portfolio holder for waste and recycling.

“These were popular recycling banks that the community used regularly so that less of their waste ended up in landfill. Due to repeated vandalism, these banks will not be replaced.”

Anyone with information can contact the NHDC waste recycling team on 01462 474000.