Calls for clarity as tips due to reopen

Households in parts of England may be able to take their extra rubbish to their local tip this weekend.

But despite a government plea, some councils have said further measures are needed before refuse sites reopen.

Those authorities say they will only reopen with sufficient staffing, proper protective equipment for workers and assistance from police forces.

On Tuesday, Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick told the Commons he expected tips to reopen “within weeks”.

Some areas have reported a rise in fly-tipping since the coronavirus restrictions came into force

Many councils closed waste facilities due to staff absences and to comply with social distancing guidelines, leaving areas with bin collection services only.

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