DR Paul Charlson suggests the limited opening hours of a local landfill site contributed to an increase in flytipping (Letters, April 8).

The facility in question is not a landfill site but a household waste site on Beckfield Lane, Acomb.

The site is open only at weekends because of previous problems in operating the site and a number of assaults on staff. The restricted operating hours mean it is often busy while open.

If the skips are filled quickly it is sometimes necessary to close the site for safety reasons, until they are emptied and it is not always possible to re-open immediately.

However, such circumstances should not be seen as an excuse for the irresponsible and illegal flytipping.

City of York Council provides a comprehensive range of services to enable individuals to deal with waste in a responsible manner, including weekly household waste collection, kerbside recycling, a bulky household collection service (ten items removed for £16), domestic refrigeration equipment collection service (free) and three household waste sites where residents can dispose of bulky items for free.

Shaun Donnelly,

Waste management officer,

City of York Council,

St Leonard's Place, York.

Updated: 10:14 Wednesday, April 16, 2003