PERSISTENT abuse by fly-tippers contaminating recycling bins have forced the closure of a recycling site on Teesside.

The 'bring site' at the Parkway Centre in Coulby Newham, near Middlesbrough, is set to close at the end of the month following large scale fly-tipping. 

Middlesbrough Council said they had no other option but to cease operations at the site following 'signifcant costs' to clear up illegally-dumped waste.

Councillor Dennis McCabe, executive member for environment at the council, said: "There's no excuse for the sort of behaviour we've seen at the Parkway Centre bring site - it's nothing more than fly-tipping, and that's something we're determined to stamp out.

"Clearing the site up on an almost daily basis incurs significant costs, and the waste left cannot be recycled.

"This decision was therefore unavoidable - but those wishing to recycle responsibly can still do so using their normal domestic collections and blue lidded bin."

Residents have since been reminded that everything they can recycle at the site can instead be recycled via home collections, while recycling can be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centre at Havert Hill.

The site will close on Friday, November 29.