Waste being removed from Lockwood tip
Tonnes of waste are now being moved from the former Hunter’s tip in Lockwood.
Our contractors have begun shifting the waste to allow firefighters to tackle the fire.
Cllr Naheed Mather, Cabinet Member for Housing and Enforcement Management, said:
“We need to move the waste first so we can get to the heart of the smouldering fire. Removing the waste is a time consuming process.
“Before any waste leaves the site it will be checked to make sure it’s not hazardous. If it is, we will put it to one side to deal with appropriately and if the waste is hot or smouldering, we will extinguish it.
“The Fire Service will place a fire engine on site during the operations to make sure that any flare ups are quickly tackled. This shows the significant public resources that are being put into resolving this.”
There is around 11,000 tonnes of rubbish to be removed. This is the same as over 45,000 wheelie bins.
Cllr Mather added:
“The main start on site has happened this week because we have had to spend more time than we thought making sure we understand where all the water will go. To do this we have tracked where the water goes by using a special dye.
“This is important as we want to avoid water flowing into the river, and to try to stop any water used controlling fires from flooding nearby roads. This is especially important as we head into winter where the water may freeze into ice.
“We have also had to do a lot of things to reverse the damage done by the previous occupant.”