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Tips in North Yorkshire to stay closed for now

Tips in North Yorkshire to stay closed for now

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 8:55am 3rd May 2020.

But the county council say they will open them 'as soon as they can'.

  • Household waste recycling centres in some parts of the country have re-opened this weekend, after the government asked local councils to plan for them getting back up and running.
  • In North Yorkshire they will remain closed for the time being, 'for public safety and to cut non-essential travel'.
  • But the county council say they want to see them back open, and will do so 'as soon as possible'.

People in North Yorkshire wanting to take rubbish to their local tip will have to wait a little longer.

In some parts of the country, household waste recycling centres have re-opened their gates this weekend after being closed as part of the coronavirus outbreak lockdown.

But North Yorkshire County Council say their sites 'remain closed for public safety and to cut non-essential travel'.

However, they add that they are working on plans to get them back up and running, and hope to do so 'as soon as possible'.

 

Harrogate's Stonefall househould waste recycling site
Harrogate's Stonefall household waste recycling site

 

An increase in fly-tipping in many parts of Britain, including in some parts of North Yorkshire, led the government to call on local councils to get ready to re-open tips.

Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick told the House of Commons on Tuesday...

"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"

Some councils in England have come up with ways to re-open safely while maintaining social distancing, including in Manchester, where a system of only allowing cars with certain number plates in is in place...

 

 

Ian Fielding, Assistant Director, Waste Management at North Yorkshire County Council, said:

“We are considering how and when we might be able to open our sites, and operate them without putting staff or the public at risk. Before making a decision, we want to ensure that we have addressed all potential challenges regarding social distancing and traffic management but it is probable that not all sites will open initially, and it is likely that there will be significant restrictions on their use. 

“The choice to close was one we made together with almost every other council in England. We understand that our HWRCs are a popular and important service. We want to see them open and will do so as soon as possible.  

 

 

Ian Fielding added:

“During this lockdown period we are asking people to minimise their waste as much as possible. For instance, please do not begin DIY or gardening projects if you don’t have space to store that waste until the HWRCs are able to reopen. 

“Do not be tempted to fly tip. It is an offence punishable by fines or imprisonment and offenders will be prosecuted.”