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Calls To Open Up Scarborough Borough Waste Tips Addressed

Calls To Open Up Scarborough Borough Waste Tips Addressed

Published by Karen Liu at 11:04am 22nd April 2020. (Updated at 12:36pm 22nd April 2020)

Scarborough Borough Council has addressed calls to open up the Household Waste Recycling Centres.

It is after reports of fly-tipping around the town and outdoor rubbish fires in gardens.

Liz Colling, Deputy Leader of the authority, said:

"If it was within our power to open up the refuse centre, we would.

In a strange quirk, Scarborough collects the waste but it's North Yorkshire County Council that operates the recycling centres.

So we have asked them to open them and I'm sure other district councils have asked the same thing."

There were also calls for more rubbish collections and sacks to be handed out.

In response, Liz added:

"There's a couple of reasons for that; one is manpower, so we do have some people who are in the vulnerable group and quite rightly, are being protected at home.

Secondly, there's a capacity on every wagon. If we start taking additional stuff, the wagons will get full, they'll have to taken away, they'll come off the round and everybody's collection will be delayed."

Liz has been speaking to Yorkshire Coast Radio's Paddy in the Morning:

Ian Fielding, Assistant Director, Waste Management, said: 

“We understand that our household waste recycling centres are a popular and important service. We want to open them to make that service available and will do so as soon as we can.

However, the current temporary closure is in place to protect the public and to cut non-essential travel in support of the Government’s Stay Home Save Lives drive.

We encourage people to support this by delaying any gardening or DIY projects that could create waste they can’t dispose of. 

To support people’s efforts in this, we have compiled advice and tips to help everyone to reduce waste, make the most of food supplies and reuse things they might otherwise throw away. This advice can be found on our web site at

We are not aware of a significant increase being reported in fly-tipping in the Scarborough area. Fly-tipping is never acceptable. It is an offence and offenders will be prosecuted.

We’d also remind people to be careful if they employ a contractor to take away rubbish. Householders must take all reasonable measures to ensure they transfer waste only to an authorised person. Otherwise, they could face a fine. 

All authorised carriers have a registration number starting CBDL or CBDU followed by a series of numbers. You can check whether a waste carrier is registered on the Environment Agency’s online register of waste carriers, brokers and dealers using their registration number, business name or postcode.  

Taking the proper steps helps to ensure waste is handled appropriately and does harm others or the environment. It can also help enforcement officers catch those responsible if waste is fly-tipped.  

Be wary of offers to take waste at a price significantly lower than other offers, where cash is the only accepted form of payment, or where a service can only be found informally through social media.”




There are 4 comments on this page.

JohnfromScarborough, on 22nd April 2020 4:50pm
It would be interesting to know how much less trade waste is being collected at the moment and if it is possible to switch any suplus resources in terms of vehicles and manpower over to domestic collections.
zara, on 22nd April 2020 9:02pm
well i think Ian Fieldings comment is a lot of nonsense. Something like the waste center could be opened and operated safely, you have to usually wait anyway to get in and it is easy to control. People using it would usually only be travelling a few miles to get there. What does he suggest people do at stuck at home, the majority will be doing gardening or some DIY.
Lucylastik, on 23rd April 2020 10:30am
I agree with zara.

People are more likely to burn waste in their gardens. There have been more accidental fires than normal recently and thats probably the cause of it.

Why can't this useless Government organise taking on extra staff to cover situations like this?

Then perhaps the County Councils could set up a web page where you could register to have your larger recycled waste removed safely?

Adapt, people. adapt!
Tazmum, on 23rd April 2020 11:17am
A fine example of pompous officialese from Mr Fielding showing he is totally out of step with the local authority on this one.
Not sure which on which lockdown planet he thinks people stuck at home WON’T be doing more DIY and/or gardening! Cone on NYCC open the tips in a safe and sensible manner in the interests if common sense.

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