Restrictions ease at Fife recycling centres

Restrictions at Fife's recycling centres are set to be eased.
Pic: Fife Photo AgencyPic: Fife Photo Agency
Pic: Fife Photo Agency

The news comes as Fife Council works towards getting the last of the facilities re-open after lockdown.

One centre remains closed - Cowdenbeath - but work is in hand to get it up and running..

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Cllr Ross Vettraino, who convenes Fife's environment protective services committee said, funding had been finalised to make the necessary changes before it could re-open to the public.

Updating the policy and coordination committee, he said: "Works to reorganise the site internally have been approved and I understand the finance- the £45,000 necessary to affect these works- has also been found.

"We are moving as swiftly as possible towards reopening that last recycling centre."

Out of the eleven centres, ten are currently operating under restrictions.

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Before arriving, visitors have to book in advance. and can only get up to three visits in seven days.

However, Cllr Vettraino said restrictions are beginning to ease.

Trailers under six feet ft long and four feet wide will now be admitted to four centres- Dunfermline, Glenrothes, Pittenweem and Ladybank.

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Cllr Vettraino also noted that Fife's major issue with fly-tipping is being addressed.

He added: "Officers are now looking towards the development of an 'Environmental Vandalism Strategy' which covers not only fly-tipping but illegal dumping, dog fouling and graffiti which I see as the four elements of environmental vandalism."

It will be presented to the council's sub committee.

The committee agreed to create working groups including one to tackle waste management issues.

These will consist of relevant management teams and staff, and will discuss local issues and specific council-governed areas in more detail.

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Cllr David Ross, convener of the policy and coordination committee said: "I accept the work that's going on with recycling centres but there are still restrictions.

"There's still a booking system in place and there are other restrictions. That is something that needs to be discussed with the working groups so that officers are getting a clearer view of what is going on."

A workplan for the environment protective service working group will be established and presented to the council's sub committee by December.

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