Tipping point: Recycling centres set to reopen next month

Local authorities across Scotland have been reporting an increase in fly-tipping since closure of centres.

Household waste recycling centres are expected to reopen on June 1, according to Cosla.

In a statement, councillor Steven Heddle, Cosla’s environment and economy spokesman said leaders agreed on Friday local authorities will plan for their reopening next month.

Local authorities from across Scotland have been reporting that fly-tipping had increased after the recycling centres were closed due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Councillor Heddle said: “The reopening of sites depends on receiving assurance that this will not negatively impact the Covid-19 infection rate and will be consistent with national travel advice.

“There will also be local considerations including the need to maintain physical distancing for staff and members and public which will determine whether and to what extent individual sites will be able to reopen.

“The intent behind this decision is to provide a level of co-ordination across Scotland, to avoid a disjointed approach which could lead to confusion, and to ensure access to Household Waste Recycling Sites is managed to best ensure the safety of both staff and the public.

“We are working closely with the Scottish Government and partners on this and are drawing up guidance.”

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