Households face postcode lottery as some local tips reopen

Local tips will reopen in some parts of England this weekend but others will remain closed despite a surge in fly-tipping.

Some councils said they won't open refuse sites until there is sufficient staffing and PPE for workers amid the coronavirus crisis.

Speaking to the BBC on Friday morning, Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick, confirmed that some tips would reopen this weekend and hoped that more would do so in the coming weeks, adding it is 'perfectly legal' for Britons to take waste to the dump.

'There is no reason why you cannot travel to a tip to put household waste there or do recycling. Councils should have the confidence to reopen them as soon as possible,' he said. 

North Yorkshire County Council said it wouldn't be reopening its tips 'for public safety and to cut non-essential travel.' (Stokesley Household Waste Recycling Centre pictured)

North Yorkshire County Council said it wouldn't be reopening its tips 'for public safety and to cut non-essential travel.' (Stokesley Household Waste Recycling Centre pictured)

Derbyshire County Council said it couldn't say when its services would reopen because of social distancing

 Derbyshire County Council said it couldn't say when its services would reopen because of social distancing

Many councils closed waste facilities as they couldn't adhere to social distancing guidelines and due to staff absences. 

Darlington tip in County Durham, was one of the first to reopen this week, with queues of up to an hour and a half, despite the council asking people to only go if essential. 

Postcode lottery as to which local tips reopen

Hampshire - Vehicle limit, reduced hours.

Northumberland - Council restrictions on the number of people allowed outside vehicles.

Lancashire - Online booking system.

Greater Manchester - Opening based on odd and even number plates.

Wirral - One-way systems with traffic stewards.

Surrey - Restriction on types of waste when sites reopen.

North Yorkshire - Tips stay closed. 

Devon - Tips closed.  

Derbyshire - Tips open 'in a few weeks.' 

Newport -  Landfill site open to commercial businesses.

North Yorkshire County Council said it wouldn't be reopening its tips 'for public safety and to cut non-essential travel'. 

While Derbyshire County Council said it couldn't say when its services would reopen because of social distancing.

Devon County Council also said its centres were closed until further notice.

Measures being taken to help recycling centres open include authorities requiring visitors to show proof of their address in a bid to stop people travelling outside their local area. 

Greater Manchester Combined Authority are opening 'based on odd and even number plates,' according to the Local Democracy Reporting Service.

A spokeswoman for the authority said that the possibility of introducing a booking system was explored, but to implement it at short notice for 2.5 million residents would have been challenging.   

Different restrictions will be put in place at a number of tips across the country. In Hampshire there will be daily cleaning, a vehicle limit, plus reduced hours. In Northumberland, council restrictions will be placed on the number of people allowed outside vehicles. Lancashire will offer an online booking system. On the Wirral there will be one-way systems with traffic stewards and in Surrey there will be restrictions on the types of waste when its sites reopen. 

Hampshire will operate vehicle limit and reduced hours at its refuse centres (Eastleigh Household Waste Recycling Centre pictured)

Hampshire will operate vehicle limit and reduced hours at its refuse centres (Eastleigh Household Waste Recycling Centre pictured)

In Surrey there will be a restriction on types of waste when sites reopen (Woking Community Recycling Centre)

In Surrey there will be a restriction on types of waste when sites reopen (Woking Community Recycling Centre)

Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick told the BBC on Friday that refuse centres could be opened in a 'staged' manner.

'Obviously don't abuse it, but we know that there's lots of people with rubbish and recycling and boxes from all those deliveries people are getting piling up in their homes, and it's right that we manage that and make people's lives a bit more bearable by getting that out of the house.'

He said that, due to large demand, many councils may opt to reopen their sites in a 'staged' manner, adding that this is 'sensible' and the 'right thing to do'.

'The longer we delay it, the longer those queues are going to

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