Council blamed for fly-tipping spate
Rubbish dumped yards from recyling centre
Angry West Lothian residents have complained about a ‘disgusting’ spate of fly-tipping in the area – 400 yards from a recycling centre.
Flytippers are abusing the area around Oakbank Industrial Estate in Livingston, close to the recycling centre, with mattresses, wardrobes and stone slabs amongst the rubbish dumped at the ground in the last month.
Over 1200 people have shared images posted to Facebook of the mess.
Ian Church, who photographed the images, said: “West Lothian Council cancelled free uplifts for household rubbish earlier this month so now the fly tipping begins 400 yards away from (the) council tip.”
Many branded the fly-tipping ‘disgusting’ and some pointed out the close proximity of the dumping site to the actual tip.
Ally Petrie said: “Why would you take the rubbish to a place 400 yards from a council tip and dump it illegally there when you can travel the 400 yards and dump it at the tip free of charge? Clearly they have transported it to this location so why not go the extra 400 yards to the actual dump?”
But others have blamed the council’s new £25 charge for bulky uplifts and the recycling centre not letting vans in to the depot.
Ryan Mclean said: “Unfortunately the council are forcing people to do this and by no means do I condone fly-tipping but we all pay a fortune for council tax and they want more money for uplifts and ban you from using your own van at the recycling centres. What are people’s options here?”
Kenny Sayers said: “Not sure what West Lothian Council expected? Charging for uplifts is fair enough but not letting vans into the recycling centres or making it really difficult to do so, it’s inevitable people were going to start fly-tipping.”
However West Lothian Council have argued that the new charges for uplifts has nothing to do with the fly-tipping at Oakbank and that people with vans can apply for a permit to use the depot.
The council said they also understood that the area had recently been used as an ‘unauthorised encampment’.
A West Lothian Council spokesperson said: “A large amount of commercial waste and other debris was illegally dumped on land adjacent to Oakbank Industrial Estate.
“We understand that the site was recently used as an unauthorised encampment.
“The land is owned by the council and we have arranged for the debris to be picked up.
“Some people have wrongly assumed that the materials were dumped as a result of changes at Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWR Cs) or the introduction of charging for bulky uplifts when, in fact, the materials that were dumped would never have been disposed of at council HWRCs or picked up via a bulky uplift.
“The materials found were commercial building materials and should have been taken to an appropriate operator.
“All businesses and traders have a legal duty to dispose of their waste and recycling through a registered waste operator, not the council’s recycling centres. Dumping rubbish is illegal, dangerous and unsightly.”
The council urged people to report fly- tipping to www.westlothian.gov.uk/report
Information regarding recycling centres can be found at www.westlothian.gov.uk/localrecycling-centres.
Mess Concerns have been raised over rubbish dumped at Oakbank