LANCASHIRE County Council's recycling centres WILL remain closed as the national lockdown continues.
Like the vast majority of councils, they are keeping sites closed in line with new health protection regulations passed at the start of the pandemic which do not include trips to recycling sites within the essential journeys allowed under the lockdown.
The Champion had previously revealed that proposals to re-open the recycling centres at Skelmersdale and Burscough on alternative days were being considered by Lancashire County Council, following growing concerns regarding the amount of flytipping on across West Lancashire.
Our West Lancshire had created a petition on Go Petition calling for ‘A Controlled Re-Opening of Tip sites in Lancashire’ which was signed by 149 people.
County Councillor Geoff Driver CBE, leader of Lancashire County Council, said: "We closed our recycling centres in line with government advice at the start of the lockdown, and the laws which were passed to help the country deal with the virus make clear that people should stay at home except for specific essential journeys.
“I know how much people value the service our recycling centres provide, and we're now a number of weeks into the lockdown, but the reason they were closed has not changed, and they must remain closed to prevent the spread of the virus.
“We are being advised that we have not yet experienced the peak of the virus in the north of England, and while we would all like to get back to normal, people shouldn't forget that the lockdown is in place to save lives and reduce the pressure on vital health and care services.
“The vast majority of people understand this, and I'd like to thank them for helping all Lancashire's councils by continuing to responsibly dispose of their waste using the household collections, and by keeping hold of anything which they'd usually take to a recycling centre.
“Waste collections are continuing, so there is no excuse for fly tipping, and we are working with colleagues in the districts and boroughs to take enforcement action where fly tipping is reported to bring those responsible to book.”
Staff who usually work at the recycling sites have been redeployed to help maintain district council collections, and the operation of the county council's waste processing facilities.