Tip could open again in spring

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A Wyre tip could reopen in April, it has been revealed.

Coun Sandra Perkins, who was elected on a pledge to fight to reopen Garstang tip, says the town will pioneer a new kind of facility involving a social enterprise company.

She said: “The main focus of the centre will be the collection of re-usable items and furniture which a charitable Third Sector organisation from the Wyre area will provide.”

But she stressed: “This will not be a Household Waste Recycling Centre and will not be part of that service.”

It is predicted the centre will open Friday to Monday.

Coun Perkins said that because the new facility would not be run as a county HWRC (Household Waste Recycling Centre) it would not provide the range of disposal facilities that other HWRCs did. It would accept some garden waste.

She added that the new “community recycling and re-use centre” could also be a centre of enterprise.

“It is possible that some form of resale of refurbished items may also be conducted from the site,” she said.

She added: “A full list of the kind of waste to be accepted will be available nearer the time, but it will include things like doorstep recyclables (glass, cans, plastic bottles etc) electrical items, paper, card, books, textiles etc.”

The “tip” will not accept non-recyclable waste, non reusable furniture, loose wood, hazardous waste (gas bottles, tyres,lighting tubes), soil or rubble.

The controversial tip closure led to the creation of STING (Save Tip in Garstang) pressure group which fought an unsuccesful campaign to save the tip.

STING members then moved into the political arena, creating the Garstang Independent Group and supporting Coun Perkins, a former Mayor of Garstang, when she stood as an as an independent candidate in the 2013 county elections, defeating sitting Tory Coun Val Wilson.