Claims of illegal bin sales were ‘a load of rubbish’

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NEWTOWNABBEY Borough Council has concluded a lengthy investigation into allegations that a member of staff had been selling off household refuse bins for personal profit.

Following a four-month probe carried out by senior management, the local authority has confirmed that the allegations made against the employee were “malicious.”

In February this year, officials at Mossley Mill were contacted by a man claiming that a worker at the council’s Central Services Depot had been flogging black wheelie bins, which normally retail to ratepayers for around £40, to business contacts and members of the public for £10 each.

The following month, a man claiming to be “a Carnmoney businessman” contacted the Times alleging that he had purchased two black refuse bins from the council employee for £10 each after being told they were “promotional bins”.

The man called again a few days later saying that he didn’t want anything to do with the matter, and that he had dumped the two bins on council land at O’Neill Road near Glengormley.

Council staff later recovered the two black bins, and a spokesperson for the local authority said they would form part of the investigation being carried out by senior staff at Mossley Mill.

The police were also informed about the allegations against the employee, but a PSNI spokesperson stressed that officers would await the outcome of the council’s own internal investigation to see if any offences had been committed.

This week, council chiefs confirmed that their probe into the matter is now complete.

“The council has completed a thorough investigation into allegations made against an employee regarding the improper sale of council bins.

“The investigation has concluded that the allegations were malicious,” a council spokesperson confirmed.