Plastic bottle recycling or not?

Some time ago I asked a Recycling Officer at the Council what happened to plastic bottles that are left around a recycling skip as opposed to being in it. The question was posed because of overflowing skips that were too small.

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The answer was that plastic bottles not in the skip went to landfill and I recall this gained some publicity at the time as the Council was under pressure to increase the size/number of its skips.

Now the skip I use in Maghull’s Morrisons car park is of a decent size and I have yet to encounter it too full to take any more plastic bottles. However, I have seen bags of bottles left on top of it a number of times recently and am wondering why.

It seems a shame if someone is going to the trouble of doing a good green deed by collecting bottles up and transporting them to the recycling skip only for them not to be put in the skip.