A HUGE blaze at the Dewsbury tip could affect residents for weeks to come.
The site on Weaving Lane is now shut to both the public and wagons making deliveries. It means council refuse collections will be affected – residents are advised to leave their bins out until they have been emptied.
Firefighters were called to the tip around 2pm last Sunday and were there overnight.
Ten pumps and two aerial appliances attended at the height of the blaze and five pumps remained on Monday morning. Crews dragged machinery from a single-storey 160sqm warehouse in a bid to fully extinguish the fire as Thornhill Road at the junction with Huddersfield Road and Fall Lane was closed to traffic.
Firefighters ran several large hoses across the road to take water from the River Calder.
The tip, which was closed by a serious fire in December, 2013, is operated by Suez Waste Management.
A majority of refuse and recycling wagons in North Kirklees use the site but as vehicles will now have to travel further to empty, there will be a knock-on effect on bin collections.
People who do household recycling are advised to use other sites at Nab Lane, Birstall, and Emerald Street, Huddersfield.
Coun Naheed Mather, Kirklees Council cabinet member for housing and enforcement management, said: “A full investigation into the cause of the fire will take place and once the extent of the damage is known, plans will be put in place to ensure the service returns to normal as soon as possible.”
Picture: Mike Clark