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Case 304 - Recycling Centre banned enquirer from using a garden fork to off-load his thorny garden waste

Issue

Refusal by supervisor to allow a member of the public to use a garden fork to help transfer thorny garden waste from his trailer to the green waste compactor at the local household waste recycling centre.

Panel decision

The use of gardening tools at household waste recycling centres is not prohibited by health and safety law or by the HSE. Instead of forking out excuses, the site operators should either allow the individual to use their garden fork to transfer thorny green waste or dig up the real reasons behind their ban. Depending on the specific details of the site there may be concerns regarding other users’ safety but these could be easily managed without the need to ban the use of sensible and practical tools.

2014-07-23