Council claims recycle service back to normal

The hastily installed sign at Methil
The hastily installed sign at Methil

Breakdowns and other difficulties with vehicles have been blamed by Fife Council for disruption to services at local recyling centres.

The facility at Methil was shut over two days this week, while closure also affected the centre at Pittenweem.

At Methil Brae, a sign was up saying the site was closed because skips were full and directing customers to the nearest facility at Kirkcaldy.

One member of the public who contacted the Mail said: “There was no one there to explain. They were all hiding in the hut.

“Now, if Fife Council wants to pick up the blue bins monthly, instead of fortnightly, then it has to make sure it has the resources available to the public.”

On Wednesday, Fife Council published a website notice saying: “Due to vehicle breakdowns, you may experience some issues when using recycling centres over the next few days. Pittenweem recycling centre will be closed until further notice and other sites may need to close temporarily at short notice or may have to alter services at short notice.”

However, today (Friday), the authority said all had returned to normal for the time being.

Chris Ewing, chief operating officer with Resource Efficient Solutions LLP, said: “Problems with the supply of vehicles meant we had problems emptying the containers at some of our recycling centres this week.

“We now have sufficient vehicles to clear the backlog.

“Everything is now back to normal for the moment, and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.”