There has been a huge increase in fly tipping during the coronavirus lockdown. Local councils across the North West have reported a sharp rise in incidents, with more than 300 cases in Tameside, Greater Manchester and almost 900 cases in Rochdale. Liverpool Council has also reported a large increase in fly tipping.
Fly tipping is a punishable by a fine of up to £50,000 or 12 months imprisonment.
It is vital that you dispose of rubbish safely and responsibly. Fly tipping puts people’s lives in danger. Lanes and roads have been blocked to emergency vehicles and it poses a risk to council staff who have to clear it up. Animal infestations can occur where food waste is dumped and there is a huge impact on the environment.
Now is not the time to try and dispose of bulky items - keep hold of them until rubbish tips or charity shops reopen. If your supermarket has recycling facilities, please use these when doing your essential shopping. Do not place waste and recycling next to bins or recycling points.
Some waste centres are beginning to reopen. Please check your local council page for more details on this and for details of bin collection days.