Fife re-opens more recycling centres - and this is how to book a slot

Booking system hailed a success
Three more recycling centres open next week (Pic: Fife Photo Agency)Three more recycling centres open next week (Pic: Fife Photo Agency)
Three more recycling centres open next week (Pic: Fife Photo Agency)

Three more Fife recycling centres are set to re-open from Monday – but slots can be booked from this week.

Residents can secure their place in the system from Thursday (June 11) as the gates open at Methil, Dalgety Bay and Pittenweem.

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The move comes after a successful pilot project saw five recycling centres start up after 11 weeks in lockdown.

The operators, Fife Resource Solutions (FRS), will have the same strict guidelines in force to keep staff and visitors safe.

The measures include booked time slots, arrive on time, and carry ID with you.

Robin Baird. chief operating officer, said: “Thanks to you and the success of the booking system, more Fife recycling centres will re-open from Monday.

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“I'd like to thank Fifers for their patience as our recycling centres safely re-open. We are really grateful to local communities for the way things are working so far.

“The booking system is working well and people are getting through our sites quickly, whilst social distancing and safely disposing of waste. I urge Fifers to keep going in this way and, hopefully, we can continue to avoid long queues and any issues as our centres reopen safely for everyone."

The re-opened sites are those that can operate safely and within Covid-19 restrictions.

Local people are urged to only book one visit per week for each household, as duplicates will be cancelled.

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The booking system has allocated times to make sure visitors social distance, and so that the sites and surrounding roads are not overwhelmed with large numbers of customers arriving at once.

Councillor Ross Vettraino, convenor of Fife Council’s environment committee, said: “We are accepting materials that typically go into your kerbside bins (except food waste) - landfill, green garden waste, paper and cardboard and cans and plastics. We are pleased to say that larger landfill items are now being accepted, as long as you can dispose of these unaided.”

More staff are also being redeployed to the recycling centres. Volunteers from the council's workforce are being drafted in while they are unable to do their normal work.

The rules to use the centres are:

You must have booked an available appointment online:

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Check to see if your waste materials can be taken to the site. Only limited materials are being accepted at present: landfill, green garden waste, paper and cardboard and cans and plastics.

Arrive at your allocated time. There may be delays accessing the site and possibly queues of waiting vehicles.

Have your ID and proof of Fife address – driving licence or council tax bill.

Have only one person per vehicle. Blue Badge holders or those with dependants that cannot be left at home are the exceptions. Even in these circumstances, only one person is allowed to leave the vehicle when on site.

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Staff will not be able to assist with disposing of the items on site, so please make sure you can lift what you bring.

Only book one visit a week by car per household.

The list of recycling centres now in operation from next week is Dalgety Bay, Pittenweem, Methil, Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy, Glenrothes, St Andrews and Lochgelly

Book a time slot:

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