Waste site clo­sure fears

The Galloway News - - INTIMATION­S - Kenny MacDon­ald

A com­mu­nity group vol­un­teer has voiced fears of a huge rise in fly-tip­ping af­ter re­cy­cling firm Re­newi vowed to stop tak­ing rub­bish at their sites across the re­gion.

Cliff Robert­son, who at­tends Cas­tle Dou­glas Fo­rum meet­ings, be­lieves the sus­pen­sion of ser­vices in the area will spark an in­crease in refuse be­ing ditched in the coun­try­side and in lay­bys.

Re­newi has is­sued the threat to Dumfries and Gal­loway Coun­cil to “sus­pend ser­vices” from Au­gust 3 in an ef­fort to bring the author­ity around the ta­ble af­ter an­nounc­ing it wants to end a loss-mak­ing waste con­tract early.

The firm’s of­fi­cials claim the coun­cil has failed to dis­cuss the is­sue since re­veal­ing in March that the com­pany wanted out of the deal.

Re­newi this week an­nounced the forth­com­ing sus­pen­sion of ser­vices at 11 sites, in­clud­ing two in the Ste­wartry at Cas­tle Dou­glas and Dal­beat­tie.

The move has pro­voked anger and alarm. How­ever, a coun­cil spokesman in­sisted kerb­side col­lec­tions would con­tinue and that con­tin­gency plans were be­ing drawn up should Re­newi go through with their threat.

Mr Robert­son said: “The big con­cern is that the dis­posal of rub­bish could turn into fly-tip­ping. We value the com­mu­nity in Cas­tle Dou­glas and the pleas­ant­ness of our sur­round­ings. Peo­ple ab­so­lutely adore these re­cy­cling dumps.”

He added: “From a per­sonal point of view, I think we should be charged for this when it is not re­cy­clable items be­ing dumped.

“That would con­trib­ute some money and it is the only way to keep them open.”

Mr Robert­son in­sisted: “Fly-tip­ping could be­come a big prob­lem and it would start to af­fect the vis­i­tors’ ex­pe­ri­ence of com­ing to the re­gion.”

Unite the Union re­gional of­fi­cer Andy MacFar­lane spoke of his fears for the 70 jobs within the sites.

He said: “We have con­cerns about the con­tin­ued em­ploy­ment of our mem­bers. Ob­vi­ously we want clar­i­fi­ca­tion into the way for­ward and we’re dis­ap­pointed it’s come to this in terms of the two sides not speak­ing di­rectly.”

Fly-tip­ping fears Cliff Robert­son at the Cas­tle Dou­glas waste re­cy­cling site

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