1. ITV Report

Fly-tippers across Greater Manchester take advantage of coronavirus lockdown as recycling centres shut

Bags of rubbish have been dumped across Greater Manchester. Credit: MEN Media

Fly-tippers have dumped mountains of rubbish across Greater Manchester amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Huge piles of bin bags, household furniture items and cardboard boxes have been spotted on streets in Collyhurst, Chadderton and Saddleworth. And it is feared that the fly-tipping situation will get worse while all recycling centres and tips across the region are closed.

Pictures taken last week show a huge pile of overflowing bin bags on Sand Street in Collyhurst.

An old sofa, mouldy food and cardboard boxes have also been dumped there.

Residents have been asked to stop putting out certain types of waste for the foreseeable future. Credit: MEN Media

On Brighton Road in Saddleworth, an old mattress has been disposed of on a grass verge. There's also a pile of bin bags and cushions.

A mountain of black bags has been dumped on land off Healds Green in Chadderton.

Recycling centres will remain closed 'until further notice' due to Government restrictions on movement in the COVID-19 lockdown. Major changes have also been made to bin collections.

Residents have been asked to stop putting out certain types of waste for the foreseeable future, while also taking steps to stop the virus spreading to council workers.

Recycling centres will remain closed 'until further notice'. Credit: MEN Media

With staff numbers dwindling, councils are facing difficult decisions about what waste they will be able to collect.

In some parts of the region, general rubbish and food waste are being prioritised as the items that need to be most urgently disposed to keep the streets clean.

Every council has asked anyone with coronavirus or showing symptoms to put personal waste like tissues and disposable cleaning cloths in a tied bag. This should then be kept separate from other rubbish for three days, after which they need to be placed into the usual outdoor household bin.

It is hoped this will protect council staff collecting bins and limit the spread of the disease across the city-region.

Read more: