Waste site closure fears
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