Merseyside tips reopen for the first time since lockdown

Rodiano Bonacci
Mag 4, 2020

Householders are being urged not to rush to the dumps when they reopen, amid concerns over long queues of people trying to get rid of lockdown rubbish. "Councils should have the confidence to reopen them as soon as possible", he said.

Figures show fly-tipping has risen by 300% in rural communities since the closure of almost all tips in March, while the number of DIY projects had increased as people were stuck at home.

Only vehicles with number plates ending in even numbers were allowed in to a waste centre on Reliance Street, to control the number of visitors, and some people were turned away.

The District Councils' Network and County Councils' Network have issued the warning as they fear a surge in demand.

Cambrideshire County Council will open its recycling centres on May 11.

Almost all councils have reported higher than usual levels of waste in recent weeks, but 89% are continuing to operate normal "black bag" collections and the rest are only seeing minor disruptions.

Centres were only accepting bagged general waste and Greater Manchester residents need to show proof of address to use the sites, which are limiting the number of cars allowed in. There will be restrictions and social distancing measures at the city's two Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC). He said: "The longer we delay it, the longer those queues are going to be when the waste sites reopen".

"We are working closely with local authorities and the waste industry to see how we can re-open these sites in the coming weeks, to make sure waste collections are prioritised appropriately and that all parts of the waste system continue to run as smoothly as possible". The plans have been prepared jointly with Public Health England.

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