Fly-tipping increases after closure of Blackrod tip

Blackrod tip

Blackrod tip

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , education reporter

THE closure of Blackrod tip is being blamed for an increase in flytipping in the area.

Town hall chiefs admit that more rubbish is being dumped in the area — and say they will take action against anyone found flytipping.

Recently, part of the village had to be cordoned off and businesses evacuated after a fire broke out on wasteland off Station Road which involved a potentially explosive acetylene cylinder.

Crews were on the scene for more than four hours.

Last week a sofa dumped at the back of Chorley New Road was set alight in what is being treated as an arson attack.

The fire service said it had noticed an increase in flytipping since the closure of the tip and was working with the council.

Marc Anderson, watch manager at Horwich Fire Station, said: “Since Blackrod tip closed, we are noticing an increase in flytipping and that area has become particularly popular.

“We’re assuming that the fire was started deliberately because of the flytipping.”

Blackrod waste recycling facility closed on October 6 and Blackrod town councillor Graham Farrington, who helped set up the original facility, described the move as “disastrous” for the area.

A Bolton Council spokesman said: “There has been a slight increase in flytipping in Blackrod in recent months, both in back street waste and also in dumping of domestic waste at sites.

“We take the issue of fly-tipping in Bolton very seriously and aim to reduce flytipping through good quality education and robust enforcement.”

Blackrod tip was shut with the opening of a new waste recycling super site in Salford Road, Over Hulton, which opened the day after.

The decision to close the tip was made as part of an “efficiency strategy” to ensure all sites were “fit for purpose”.

Greater Manchester Waste Disposal leaders said that the new site included a modern, convenient layout, a comprehensive service accepting up to 23 types of materials, and better traffic management.

Cllr Farrington said: “This is what we predicted was going to happen with the closure of the depot.

“This is what used to happen before we brought in the skips and then set up the depot.

“Some people don’t have transport to go to the tip and with the Blackrod depot, people could use a wheelbarrow to take their rubbish there.”

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7:21am Wed 7 May 14

Lee3695 says...

The new waste plant in Over Hulton was marketed as more convenient for everyone. The problem is that people in Horwich and Bolton now have the best part of an 16mile round trip, via the M61 to dump waste at this 'convenient' new tip. Surely the older system with local tips is more convenient for those using them, even if it isn't manageriallly convenient.

Before it closed, Blackrod tip was recording 90%+ waste recycling and had recently been resurfaced. Surely that is 'fit for purpose'. The efficiency and convenience argument only works for the operator, not the gebneral public. It wont be long before Bolton council sells off the Blackrod and other waste tip sites for yet more chav pad developments.
The new waste plant in Over Hulton was marketed as more convenient for everyone. The problem is that people in Horwich and Bolton now have the best part of an 16mile round trip, via the M61 to dump waste at this 'convenient' new tip. Surely the older system with local tips is more convenient for those using them, even if it isn't manageriallly convenient. Before it closed, Blackrod tip was recording 90%+ waste recycling and had recently been resurfaced. Surely that is 'fit for purpose'. The efficiency and convenience argument only works for the operator, not the gebneral public. It wont be long before Bolton council sells off the Blackrod and other waste tip sites for yet more chav pad developments. Lee3695
  • Score: 33

7:30am Wed 7 May 14

Blackrod says...

Second story in as many days highlighting how Blackrod (and Horwich) have to travel excessively to services, services being withdrawn and public with Town Council bing ignored. It was a very busy facility, although don't recall seeing a wheelbarrow, and a great loss when bins not emptied. But if Bolton MBC want to increase tipping, infestation and fire risks with my taxes, who am I to complain but a mere resident.
Second story in as many days highlighting how Blackrod (and Horwich) have to travel excessively to services, services being withdrawn and public with Town Council bing ignored. It was a very busy facility, although don't recall seeing a wheelbarrow, and a great loss when bins not emptied. But if Bolton MBC want to increase tipping, infestation and fire risks with my taxes, who am I to complain but a mere resident. Blackrod
  • Score: 25

7:39am Wed 7 May 14

breightmet kid says...

Bolton has an excellent recycling centre at Raikes Lane, its purpose built and has been open for a couple of years. The staff are pleasant and helpful as well.

Fly tipping is done by lazy people but Bolton Council dont help with their heavy handedness on regimented rules on re-cycling and all the fuss created by dictate. People are fed up of it.

By the way I dont shop at the Middlebrook, its easier and cheaper to travel from Breightmet to Bury, Rochdale and Manchester. The Middlebrook is a 30 mile round trip and takes 30 minutes or longer given the one lane system on Moss Bank Way.
Bolton has an excellent recycling centre at Raikes Lane, its purpose built and has been open for a couple of years. The staff are pleasant and helpful as well. Fly tipping is done by lazy people but Bolton Council dont help with their heavy handedness on regimented rules on re-cycling and all the fuss created by dictate. People are fed up of it. By the way I dont shop at the Middlebrook, its easier and cheaper to travel from Breightmet to Bury, Rochdale and Manchester. The Middlebrook is a 30 mile round trip and takes 30 minutes or longer given the one lane system on Moss Bank Way. breightmet kid
  • Score: -11

8:05am Wed 7 May 14

rostron says...

We told you, you didn't listen !
We didn't need passes in Geography or University degree to figure this out, just common sense.
For those without transport, they could rely on a neighbour to visit the LOCAL one, Blackrod, but how can you ask someone to travel 16 miles, in traffic, use petrol, & time, to visit this oh so posh site !
It will start costing more to remove dumped waste, sometimes having to get fire brigade out, than to re- open the Blackrod site rapidly !
Once again, the local yokels, as Bolton likes to think we are, have more sense than the fools who thought this up!
Admit you were wrong, get Blackrod open again, !
We told you, you didn't listen ! We didn't need passes in Geography or University degree to figure this out, just common sense. For those without transport, they could rely on a neighbour to visit the LOCAL one, Blackrod, but how can you ask someone to travel 16 miles, in traffic, use petrol, & time, to visit this oh so posh site ! It will start costing more to remove dumped waste, sometimes having to get fire brigade out, than to re- open the Blackrod site rapidly ! Once again, the local yokels, as Bolton likes to think we are, have more sense than the fools who thought this up! Admit you were wrong, get Blackrod open again, ! rostron
  • Score: 31

8:25am Wed 7 May 14

marco999 says...

It's true, there has been an increase in fly tipping in Horwich and surrounding areas. A three piece suite was dumped at the back of my house last week and Rivington in particular is regularly finding 3 piece suites dumped in its lanes and fields. Black bin bags, building waste - you name it. There are no cameras in these quiet rural areas so the dirty fly tippers can dump their rubbish with little fear of being caught sadly. The council must be able to provide details of whether or not they have seen a marked rise in fly tipping because it is the council who ultimately have to clean it up. Sadly we live in a throwaway society and people have little or no conscience when it comes to disposing of their rubbish. I regularly see people throw their fast food wrappers and cartons out of a moving car into the road. I see children drop pizza boxes and all matter of rubbish on the floor with no shame at all. I see campers coming to the countryside to indulge in drunken shenanegans then go home leaving their broken bottles, cans, barbecues and even their cheap Asda tents lying on the ground (why bother to take it home when we can buy another for a tenner?) Rivington reservoir (which provides drinking water to most of Bolton) is full of used Barbecues, cans, bottles and waste food from the trippers who come to a place of beauty to get drunk, stuff their faces and then leave all their rubbish behind them - dirty pigs the lot of them.
It's true, there has been an increase in fly tipping in Horwich and surrounding areas. A three piece suite was dumped at the back of my house last week and Rivington in particular is regularly finding 3 piece suites dumped in its lanes and fields. Black bin bags, building waste - you name it. There are no cameras in these quiet rural areas so the dirty fly tippers can dump their rubbish with little fear of being caught sadly. The council must be able to provide details of whether or not they have seen a marked rise in fly tipping because it is the council who ultimately have to clean it up. Sadly we live in a throwaway society and people have little or no conscience when it comes to disposing of their rubbish. I regularly see people throw their fast food wrappers and cartons out of a moving car into the road. I see children drop pizza boxes and all matter of rubbish on the floor with no shame at all. I see campers coming to the countryside to indulge in drunken shenanegans then go home leaving their broken bottles, cans, barbecues and even their cheap Asda tents lying on the ground (why bother to take it home when we can buy another for a tenner?) Rivington reservoir (which provides drinking water to most of Bolton) is full of used Barbecues, cans, bottles and waste food from the trippers who come to a place of beauty to get drunk, stuff their faces and then leave all their rubbish behind them - dirty pigs the lot of them. marco999
  • Score: 19

8:29am Wed 7 May 14

Phil from Smithills says...

Once again the powers that be simply ignore what the electorate want, the very people who pay their council tax and also help keep them employed.

The closure of the Blackrod and the Waters Meeting site, both which were heavily used and necessary, should be reopened.

Listen to what the people want.
Once again the powers that be simply ignore what the electorate want, the very people who pay their council tax and also help keep them employed. The closure of the Blackrod and the Waters Meeting site, both which were heavily used and necessary, should be reopened. Listen to what the people want. Phil from Smithills
  • Score: 21

8:46am Wed 7 May 14

the_outsider says...

Increase in fly tipping after they shut the tip?

Well who would of thought that hey? What a suprise.

The amout of litter being dropped and and dumped around Horwich and on the moors is getting more and more and Whislt you can partley blame the council for making it harder to go to the tip the blame has to lie with the increasing number of feckless, lazy, selfish and scummy idiots who dont have any social conscience.

The human gene pool needs a little bit of clorine.....
Increase in fly tipping after they shut the tip? Well who would of thought that hey? What a suprise. The amout of litter being dropped and and dumped around Horwich and on the moors is getting more and more and Whislt you can partley blame the council for making it harder to go to the tip the blame has to lie with the increasing number of feckless, lazy, selfish and scummy idiots who dont have any social conscience. The human gene pool needs a little bit of clorine..... the_outsider
  • Score: 15

9:00am Wed 7 May 14

lancashiregirl says...

Typical they close Blackrod tip to save money then they are going to spend 4 million on the Albert Hall when there is nothing wrong with the way it is. WAIT TILL THE 22ND MAY. OPEN THE TIP AGAIN . A 2 YEAR OLD COULD RUN THIS COUNCIL BETTER THAN THE HALF WITS THAT ARE RUNNING IT NOW. USE YOUR BRAINS. sorry forgot you have no brains have you, hence closing the tip. WHY ARE PEOPLE FLY TIPPING BECAUSE THE MAIN TIP NOW IS MILES AWAY FROM HORWICH/BLACKROD. this Council gets worse by the day, wonder what they will do next, close all the Care Homes
Typical they close Blackrod tip to save money then they are going to spend 4 million on the Albert Hall when there is nothing wrong with the way it is. WAIT TILL THE 22ND MAY. OPEN THE TIP AGAIN . A 2 YEAR OLD COULD RUN THIS COUNCIL BETTER THAN THE HALF WITS THAT ARE RUNNING IT NOW. USE YOUR BRAINS. sorry forgot you have no brains have you, hence closing the tip. WHY ARE PEOPLE FLY TIPPING BECAUSE THE MAIN TIP NOW IS MILES AWAY FROM HORWICH/BLACKROD. this Council gets worse by the day, wonder what they will do next, close all the Care Homes lancashiregirl
  • Score: 17

9:07am Wed 7 May 14

lancashiregirl says...

Breightmet Kid, please explain what Middlebrook has anything to do with Blackrod Tip Raikes line you say is good, well it is a hell of a lot nearer to you than residents in Horwich/Blackrod. They close the tip and yet we still only have a 2 week bin collection. THE MIND BOGGLES. THE BRAINS MUST BE IN THE REAR
Breightmet Kid, please explain what Middlebrook has anything to do with Blackrod Tip Raikes line you say is good, well it is a hell of a lot nearer to you than residents in Horwich/Blackrod. They close the tip and yet we still only have a 2 week bin collection. THE MIND BOGGLES. THE BRAINS MUST BE IN THE REAR lancashiregirl
  • Score: 16

1:00pm Wed 7 May 14

Menhed says...

Don't advocate fly tipping at all but it's hardly surprising is it.

My grey bin is stuffed every 2 weeks since the tip shut as a lot of stuff I'd have taken to Blackrod I now break up and put in there. No doubt at some point it won't be emptied for being 'too heavy'.

Chorley Birkacre tip is actually closer for Blackrod/Horwich residents.
Don't advocate fly tipping at all but it's hardly surprising is it. My grey bin is stuffed every 2 weeks since the tip shut as a lot of stuff I'd have taken to Blackrod I now break up and put in there. No doubt at some point it won't be emptied for being 'too heavy'. Chorley Birkacre tip is actually closer for Blackrod/Horwich residents. Menhed
  • Score: 6

4:44pm Wed 7 May 14

templejohn says...

Breightmet Kid You need to buy yourself a sat nav, or a good map

because your head is evidently Up your aris.....
Breightmet Kid You need to buy yourself a sat nav, or a good map because your head is evidently Up your aris..... templejohn
  • Score: 3

6:58pm Wed 7 May 14

rostron says...

Menhed wrote:
Don't advocate fly tipping at all but it's hardly surprising is it.

My grey bin is stuffed every 2 weeks since the tip shut as a lot of stuff I'd have taken to Blackrod I now break up and put in there. No doubt at some point it won't be emptied for being 'too heavy'.

Chorley Birkacre tip is actually closer for Blackrod/Horwich residents.
You have to give a Chorley postcode there to use it or you get charged !
[quote][p][bold]Menhed[/bold] wrote: Don't advocate fly tipping at all but it's hardly surprising is it. My grey bin is stuffed every 2 weeks since the tip shut as a lot of stuff I'd have taken to Blackrod I now break up and put in there. No doubt at some point it won't be emptied for being 'too heavy'. Chorley Birkacre tip is actually closer for Blackrod/Horwich residents.[/p][/quote]You have to give a Chorley postcode there to use it or you get charged ! rostron
  • Score: 0

5:10pm Thu 8 May 14

steveG says...

Waste is massive business and as long as councils are making a fortune from it then we will continue to suffer fly tipping.
Tipping rubbish should be free to everyone.
Waste is massive business and as long as councils are making a fortune from it then we will continue to suffer fly tipping. Tipping rubbish should be free to everyone. steveG
  • Score: 0

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