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Firefighters battle a gorse fire on the Reenaderry Road outside Dungannon

Firefighters battle a gorse fire on the Reenaderry Road outside Dungannon

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Firefighters battle a gorse fire on the Reenaderry Road outside Dungannon

Fly-tippers have been urged to stop unlawfully dumping their waste in the countryside.

The majority of local recycling centres remain closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Since the beginning of the lockdown fly-tipping incidents have been on the increase in certain areas.

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is the only local authority to reopen some recycling centres after fly-tipping incidents are believed to have doubled in the district, although the move has been controversial.

Ballymena SDLP councillor Eugene Reid said the move to reopen "wasn't taken lightly" as the health of council staff and members of the public was paramount.

Elsewhere, other local councils are keeping their dumps shut but that decision is continually under review.

DUP group leader on Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council Mark Baxter explained that his party and the SDLP were in favour of reopening the recycling centres on a manageable basis.

However, attempts to reach a decision on Friday failed.

UUP councillor Louise McKinstry explained that she had three reports of fly-tipping in the Lurgan area in the last three weeks, but said it was not a "significant" problem.

Meanwhile, Newry, Mourne and Down District UUP councillor Alan Lewis called on fly-tippers to "grow up, wise up and educate yourself" on how to dispose of waste after a series of incidents in the area.

Belfast Telegraph