Rubbish overflows in streets of St Andrews

Rubbish bags in North Street.
Rubbish bags in North Street.

Concern has been voiced over the increased level of household rubbish and other waste dumped on streets in parts of the town centre in St Andrews over the weekend.

The problem was exacerbated by students moving out of their accommodation to go home for the summer and leaving bins so full that lids could not be closed and black plastic sacks on pavements - an open invitation to be ripped open by seagulls etc - coupled with the massive influx of visitors to St Andrews and its beaches to enjoy the warm, summer sunshine.

One of several residents who contacted the Citizen said she noticed more than 30 bags of rubbish piled in Kinness Place, while there was also criticism of full to overflowing bins, plastic bags and other waste in areas of the town, including Hope Street, Alfred Place, North Street and Argyle Street.

Members of St Andrews Community Council have now raised the issue with local Fife councillors.

One householder said: ”Dumping of domestic refuse willy-nilly for the council to pick up is not acceptable.”

Speaking at the latest meeting of the community council, Ron Murphy described it as “a terrible problem” and suggested that in the run-up to the end of the university semester large containers be located in parts of the town to collect the rubbish.


Local Fife Councillor Frances Melville said she would be asking officials to investigate the problem, and added: ”Rubbish left out indiscriminately is unacceptable.”

She said that the bins and plastic sacks had to be put out for uplift on the designated days, otherwise problems will arise.

A spokesman for St Andrews University said: ”We provide additional waste disposal facilities in the town centre at this time of year, including a skip sited at the Students’ Association in St Mary’s Place. We also encourage students to make use of the comprehensive refuse and recycling facility at the Union, and this has been very well used.

“We have found, however, that landlords and members of the public dump material in the facility intended for students, including mattresses, old furniture etc.”

Fife Council spokesman Damien Woods, said: ”Transportation and Environmental Services organise the end-of-term clean-up for the students departing for the summer break. We do charge for this additional work and have a scheduled plan that is distributed to all the locations that have residences.”

He added that the programmed uplift over the weekend also involved collecting additional refuse from approximately 35 locations and this was carried out with a refuse collection vehicle, with St Andrews University footing the bill for the work.

Mr Woods added: ”The end-of-term departures, and the exceptionally busy weekend we had with visitors to St Andrews, also contributed to the overflowing litter bins.”