Massive queues as recycling centres open across parts of England after 300% rise in fly-tipping – The Sun
BRITS have formed massive queues outside tips today as recycling centres opened today across parts of England.
Most local authorities had closed down their tips after the coronavirus lockdown was announced on March – sparking a 300% rise in fly-tipping.
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Rubbish dumps were ordered to reopen this week with Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick saying on Tuesday he expected tips to reopen "within weeks".
Photographs outside a tip in Bolton today showed about 100 cars queuing around the block to dump waste.
Cars could be seen waiting patiently as the dump was reopened after Greater Manchester became one of the first to reopen refuse sites this weekend.
In Greater Manchester, social distancing measures will be followed at the tips with a number plate recognition system in place. Visits will then be limited to certain days depending on their vehicle registration.
Residents in Northumberland were also among those able to head to the tip today.
It comes after Mr Jenrick warned delaying opening waste centres will mean longer queues when they eventually do.
But other councils remain hesitant to reopen dumps in the coronavirus lockdown – flagging concerns around staff absences and a lack of personal protection equipment (PPE).
And police will be needed to manage "inevitable" traffic queues at tips and a permit system and longer opening hours could be considered to deal with demand, councillor David Renard, environment spokesman for the LGA said.
He said: "HWRCs (household waste recycling centres) can only re-open when they have sufficient staffing and social distancing measures are in place to protect staff and members of the public, which remains paramount.
"To safely manage visitor flow and pent-up demand, the police will need to manage inevitable traffic queues at the sites, with consideration needing to be given to whether supportive measures, such as a permit system and longer opening hours might be needed."
He said it is crucial that staff are given PPE and said reopenings will be decided locally based on risk assessments taken in each local authority area.
People intending to go are being reminded they should only do so "if you really need to" and remain two metres from people at all times.
New research this week showed fly-tipping had increased by 300% in rural communities during the lockdown.
Researchers from the universities of Southampton and Portsmouth said the increase in illegal waste dumping followed the closure of almost all tips, while at the same time the number of DIY projects has increased by householders stuck at home.
Two people were arrested in Lincolnshire on Thursday after a raid on an illegal waste site that the Environment Agency said was the size of a football pitch.
Plastics, commercial waste and household furniture were being burned in piles as big as bungalows at the site in Fen Lane, Long Bennington, the agency said.
In London an intensive care nurse told PA she had to clean up rubbish dumped outside her Ealing home, after working a 13-hour shift.
Margaret, who did not want her surname included, said: "People just drive around and dump in my front garden."
She said the problem had become worse since the lockdown.
She added: "We have rats the size of small dogs and they come into the building. There are children in the building and this poses a health hazard."
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And shocking photographs revealed an illegal fly-tipping dumping ground in Wales now has so much rubbish it can be seen from space.
The eyesore, in Newport, is littered with household items including sofas, bathtubs, fridges and freezers.
Hundreds of car tyres, piles of clothes, suitcases and doors are scattered across the disused road off the M4.
The site is now so full of rubbish the piles of waste are visible from satellite on Google Earth.
Resident Chris Taylor filmed the scale of the rubbish while out on his daily exercise with his family.
He said: "It's been like this for some time. The frustrating thing about it is the scenery around it is amazing. The cycle path is lovely but then you turn in to this.
"It's a concern as it is so close to the houses. At the end of the road there is an abandoned boat wreckage."
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