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Waste Tips in East Riding to Stay Shut

Waste Tips in East Riding to Stay Shut

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Joe Gerrard at 3:20pm 22nd April 2020.

Rubbish and recycling tips in the East Riding will remain closed, until government advice on essential journeys during the coronavirus lockdown is updated.

East Riding Council is among the 90 per cent of local authorities that closed waste disposal sites during the lockdown.

It said it's waiting for government advice to change before tips reopen, with trips to dispose of household waste not classed as essential journeys.

But the leaders of the Liberal Democrat opposition group said they hoped tips could be reopened soon, amid fears of a rise in fly-tipping.

A spokesperson for East Riding Council said sites would remain closed until the government advises otherwise.

They said:

”We have had to close our household waste recycling sites following Government guidance.

We can’t reopen them until that advice changes. We’re continuing to ask residents to store waste at home and to avoid using unlicensed waste collectors to keep fly tipping down.”

Cllr David Nolan, leader of the Liberal Democrat opposition on East Riding Council, said he was concerned about the effects of mounting household waste on residents’ health.

He said:

“Waste building up inside people’s homes could become a problem as it starts to attract vermin and cause hygiene issues. It puts residents in a difficult position.

We’re also concerned about how it will affect fly tipping. The East Riding is a large rural area with lots of places where fly tippers can dump waste in the country side.

We’d like the council to consider reopening the sites when it can with social distancing measures in place.

If people can still go to the supermarket and socially distance then they should be able to go to the tips.”

 

 

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