Huge queues return outside tips as thousands flock to dump rubbish

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Huge queues of cars returned to the roads outside recycling centres for the second day since tips reopened.

Sites across Merseyside opened for the first time in weeks on Monday, after closing to comply with the coronavirus lockdown regulations.

Despite people being advised not to flock to the tips, people waited for hours throughout the day to dump their rubbish that had collected over the last few weeks.

And Tuesday was no different with streams of vehicles lining up in Bootle, Huyton, Kirkby and Old Swan from the early hours of the morning.

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Pictures taken on Wilson Road, in Huyton, showed a massive line of cars waiting to enter the site.

In Bootle, on Irlam Road, some cars were even seen giving up and leaving the queue because of the lengthy wait.

On Monday, when the tips reopened, ECHO readers explained how they moved just a few metres over multiple hours.

One driver, who joined the queue at around 7.30am on Monday, told the ECHO : "Since getting here I have moved about 50/60 metres and that is mostly because vans are being asked to leave the queue.

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The queue of cars for Bootle Recycling Centre

"If I was to guess how many cars are in front of me I would say at least 60 or 70.

"Possibly more.

"To be honest it's probably many more because there is a long stretch of road coming from the other way which is probably the exact same with queues.

"Cars are even starting to give up and turn around."

A man queuing up with a trolley at Huyton Recycling Centre.(Pic Andrew Teebay).

Andy Crossley, who joined the queue at Kirkby Recycling Centre on Depot Road, said there was "easy 100 cars" in front of him.

Another man when to both Bootle tip, on Irlam Road, and Kirkby but was told there were queues of two hours for each.

He said: "I was told those at the front of the queue had been there for more than two hours.

"The queues went down a number of roads in both directions."

The queue stretching along Wilson Road,Huyton,for the Recycling Centre

A man on Wilson Road, in Huyton, said he was just one minute from the recycling centre but had been queueing for two hours.

On Twitter, a spokesperson for Liverpool City Council reminded tip users again that they should only be travelling to the recycling centres if it is essential.

They said: "Liverpool's two Household Waste Recycling Centres re-opened this week.

"As expected, there were long queues and delays of up to four hours at certain times.

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"The council and its partners are urging residents to only use the sites if absolutely necessary."

The Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority issued a number of rules they expect people to keep to while dumping waste at their sites.

People heading to recycling centres are firstly being told that workers will limit the number of vehicles on site and that queues should be expected.

Only one person per car is allowed at the centres and only cars, no vans, will be allowed to dump waste.

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No COVID-19 waste will be accepted unless it has been stored for at least 72 hours.

Anyone attending the tips must stat at least two metres apart at all times and you must unload your vehicle yourself.

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