Is it time for recycling centres to be deemed essential?

With fly-tipping on the rise, we should be doing all we can to keep waste to a minimum, writes Janet Street-Porter

Friday 03 April 2020 19:07
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It's important we don't let rubbish pile up – something is going to have to change soon
It's important we don't let rubbish pile up – something is going to have to change soon

Stuck at home, sick of repeats on telly and fed up with a restricted diet? Maybe it’s time for that clear out you’ve been procrastinating over for far too long. It may seem simple enough, but what do you with all the unwanted clothing, gadgets, old mattresses and bags of garden waste when most of the country is on lockdown?

Councils say there’s been a 300 per cent increase in the amount of rubbish we’re generating, at a time when the workforce is hampered by illness and some collections have even been reduced in certain areas. Greater Manchester is dealing with the problem by recruiting 45 temporary binmen to deal with the increased demand.

The knock-on effect of closing recycling centres thanks to coronavirus is a massive increase in flytipping – with roadside verges, and supermarket recycling areas strewn with rotting rubbish all over the country. Should recycling centres be deemed essential and reopened, even with a reduced staff?

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