Government secretary calls for councils to plan the reopening of household waste collection sites

THURROCK’S civic tip at Linford could soon be reopened if a call by local government secretary Robert Jenrick is responded to by Thurrock Council.

Yesterday (Tuesday, 28 April) Mr Jenrick said he had written to councils telling them to plan to reopen tips and recycling centres.

“Our bin men and women have done a fantastic job maintaining the vast majority of collections,” Mr Jenrick told the Commons.

“I’m asking councils to plan the organised re-opening of household waste collection sites. I expect this to happen over the coming weeks and will be publishing amended guidance shortly.”

The councils association has said: “The government has now indicated that they want councils to re-open their centres and local authorities have already begun preparations to do just that in the coming weeks.

“This will not be without its challenges – requiring social distancing measures, traffic management and co-ordination across the country.

“Most importantly, there needs to be clear guidance to both the police and the public as to what constitutes an essential journey to a household waste recycling centre during lockdown.”

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