Council officers and the Environment Agency (EA) are discussing how to clear a waste site formerly run by scrap metal company.
SC Chadwick & Sons, which had been trading for more than 70 years, went into liquidation in April following repeated enforcement action from the EA at its site on Oakenbottom Road, Breightmet, Bolton.
The company, which also ran a site in Leigh, confirmed to MRW in April that it had closed with 35 jobs lost.
Local councillors Martin Donaghy and Debbie Newall backed the EA’s action.
“We feel that the enforcement action was absolutely necessary as there was real concern about the deteriorating condition of the site, causing odour problems in the area,” they said in a joint statement.
“While the loss of jobs is always regrettable, we have consistently argued that the Oakenbottom Road site was totally unsuitable for this type of recycling operation because it was so close to houses.”
Enforcement action had prevented the firm bringing more waste on to the site. Council officers are now liaising with the EA about clearing eight tonnes of material remaining.
Donaghy and Newall said they were unsure how long it would take because they have been unable to inspect the site or speak to the specialist contractors.
“People have suffered enough with this facility, and we are determined to firstly get the site cleared up and, secondly, to find a lasting solution for local people,” they added.
An EA spokesperson told MRW there was no permit on the site and that the agency was holding meetings with the council.
The council said it did not have any responsibility over the site as Chadwick was a private contractor.
Bolton’s household waste is collected and processed through the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority’s £631m infrastructure programme, a joint venture initiative by Viridor and John Laing.