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Call for tips to reopen after increase in fly-tipping

After a rise in fly-tipping following the closure of household recycling centres, politicians are calling for tips to re-open.

Household recycling centres in Gloucestershire have been closed since 24th March for an indefinite period, following the government lockdown announcement on 23rd March.

But now MPs and councillors nationally are calling for tips to be accessible again, but with measures to allow social distancing, as reported by the BBC.

Many councils say an increase in fly-tipping has put additional pressure on waste crews, some of which have reduced staffing due to coronavirus.

The government's latest guidance says that waste sites should be open wherever possible, as long as social distance rules can be followed and staffing levels are adequate for health and safety. However, travelling to the tip wouldn't meet the government's criteria for 'essential travel'.

On their websites, councils in Gloucestershire advise residents to make full use of their kerbs collections for recycling, garden waste, food waste and general waste. There is no indication that household recycling centres in the county will be opening again any time soon.

Fly-tipping is punishable by a fine of up to £50,000 or 12 months imprisonment.

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