ON Wednesday, I took a broken video player to the Romanway recycling facility in Bishop Auckland to recycle it. I was told, as I'd entered on foot, I couldn't leave it!

My partner had parked around the corner to avoid causing an obstruction as it was only one item. Puzzled, I returned to the car and got him to drive in, thus wasting more resources, petrol, etc. So much for trying to help the environment!

If this is the attitude of Durham County Council, no the wonder there's a fly tipping problem. It'll go straight in the bin in future!

Robert Oxley, Bishop Auckland