Tip opening hours: When do the dumps open? When will they reopen?
Many of the country’s waste disposal facilities closed in March after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the nationwide lockdown. MPs and councillors have been calling for tips and dumps to be accessible to the public once more, following a surge in fly-tipping. One councillor described fly-tipping during the coronavirus crisis as a “reprehensible” move.
When will the dumps re-open?
Tips are set to open soon as long as safe social distancing measures can be adhered to.
The move was confirmed today in Parliament by the Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick.
He said: “Our bin men and women have done a fantastic job maintaining the vast majority of collections.
“The Government published advice to councils on how to ensure the safety of refuse collections on April 7.
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“And today I am announcing that I am asking councils to plan the organised reopening of household waste collection sites.
“I expect this to happen over the coming weeks and we will publish updates guidance shortly.”
Officials are said to be extremely concerned about the levels of fly-tipping since people have been staying home under the lockdown.
Some councils have even reported sights of people dumping their rubbish on the sides of roads and outside their homes.
Guernsey was the first to announce the easing of some of its lockdown restrictions but saw huge queues at green waste sites as nearly 800 visitors made their way to the area in a single day.
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They are currently running reduced operational hours and are subject to even more strict health and safety restrictions.
On Wednesday, local authorities in Rochdale agreed to reopen some of the 20 household waste recycling centres across Greater Manchester from Saturday, May 2.
While some rubbish tips and recycling centres have closed due to the lockdown, but the Government guidance has not specified they must do.
MP for Dover and Deal Natalie Elphicke said the centres should open but with “strict rules” on social distancing.
Ms Elphicke said: “It’s right that we take all necessary steps to battle the virus and keep safe, but the Government has been clear that there are good reasons to have access to proper waste disposal including at recycling centres, and that they can be managed within social distancing requirements.
“Meanwhile, there are reports of big increases of fly-tipping and general litter. A number of residents have contacted about their concerns.
“As a community we may be in this for the long haul, so we need to be sensible about what we can and can’t reasonably do.”
In terms of Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC), the Government guidance warns against increased fly-tipping.
It reads: “If it is possible to keep HWRCs open, make sure that social distancing rules can be maintained.
“Always provide adequate staffing levels for health and safety and security purposes. There is a potential for increased fly-tipping especially if other waste collection services fail.
“Some users of HWRCs may not have capacity to store waste at home indefinitely.
“Local authorities must provide places for residents to deposit their household waste at all reasonable times.”
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