Queues build up as some tips reopen in Manchester

James Marshall
May 4, 2020

Robert Jenrick confirmed that some tips would reopen this weekend and said he hoped more would do so in the coming weeks, reassuring people that there is no reason that they shouldn't go if they are open again. There will be restrictions and social distancing measures at the city's two Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC).

The government has now said tips will reopen gradually, with social distancing and protective equipment for waste workers in place. On Saturday only vehicles with number plates ending in even numbers were allowed in, as part of a system to control the number of visitors, meaning some people were turned away.

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.

Long queues have been reported and across the country residents are being urged by councils to avoid rushing to the tip when they begin to reopen - and instead to "reduce, reuse and recycle" their rubbish wherever possible.

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

"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".

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.

Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham said: "While we are reopening centres, this is not a return to normal".

But less than a third of councils are operating a normal bulky waste collection.

Many councils have seen reductions to their waste teams, with staff self-isolating and collections disrupted by the need for social distancing. "We would ask the public to limit their journeys and only travel to a household waste and recycling centre if it is absolutely essential to do so".

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