Tue 5 May, 2020

Responding to concerns around an increase in fly tipping as a result of the closure of local authority recycling centres, Scottish Greens Environment Spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP said:

“Now that the Scottish Government has committed to issuing guidance to local councils, it must do so urgently to ensure that recycling centres can be opened as soon and as safely as possible.

“There’s been a huge increase in fly tipping in recent weeks and reopening these centres should help to reduce this problem. Larger items such as furniture and electrical goods cannot be recycled through council bin collections, it’s important householders are patient, but we do need certainty over when recycling centres will safely re-open.

“There’ll likely be a huge rush to these centres as lockdown is eased and it’s vital that this is managed safely. Engagement with trade unions to ensure that staff can work in a safe environment will be of the upmost importance in developing this guidance.”

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