A new tip may be built in Bourne amid fears the current one could close in 2016.
Lincolnshire County Council has applied for planning permission to develop greenfield land off South Fen Road, close to Cherry Holt Garden Centre.
The council is concerned Bourne could be left without a household waste recycling centre should Bullimore’s Sand and Gravel, which runs the existing tip in Pinfold Lane, decline to retender in April 2016.
It has failed to find suitable land in Stamford on which to build a new tip, so this could otherwise mean a trip to Grantham.
The council believes the new centre would have limited impact on traffic and the neighbouring environment.
The new tip would have up to four compaction machines, which the council says would increase the amount of waste that could be collected, therefore reducing the number of lorries visiting the site.
The site itself is a vacant greenfield plot which the council is in the process of buying. It has been allocated for employment use by South Kesteven District Council and is not being used for farming.
Should planning permission be approved, the tip would open the same hours as the existing one – four days a week, from 9am to 4pm on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
The hours would be subject to review to reflect site usage and public demand.
The council believes the site could open seven days a week if demand is high enough.