Mountains of rubbish dumped outside Scottish supermarkets after Christmas

Shocking images showed recycling bins overflowing with excess waste from Christmas – all of which must be disposed of.

The recycling bins at a Morrison’s supermarket in Cowdenbeath, Fife, were piled up with black sacks on 27 December.

One sign of the horrific spread of fly shocks was the mountain of bags spotted piled up outside Tesco in the Springburn area of ​​Glasgow.

Councilor Darren Watt, who represents the Scottish Conservatives, said the Fife Council only opened the recycling center three days a week and two days during the Christmas period.

He urged people to be patient and store recyclable items in their cars instead of adding clutter – which is now destined for landfill.

Morrison's supermarket in Cowdenbeath
The recycling bins at a Morrison supermarket in Cowdenbeath, Fife, piled up with black bags on December 27

Cllr Watt said: “It is clear that some people were very eager to get rid of their excess waste from the Christmas period and resorted to illegal dumping.

“I’ve been very critical of the Fife Council’s approach to recycling over the last few years, especially at this time of year, but there’s simply no need for and no excuse for such obvious fly tips.

“It’s a catch-22, I think those in charge must have felt they were doing the right thing.

“This must have been down to about a dozen households, and there are about 16,000 households in the area.

“When it’s basically cardboard, it can be stored in the car.

“Those responsible may think they are doing their part by bringing their waste to a recycling site, but the waste has been mixed and will now be contaminated, meaning it all ends up in the landfill.

“I have reported this and hope it will be cleaned up at the earliest opportunity so that those who want to recycle responsibly will not be prevented from doing so.”

Sandy Anderson, Fife Councils Service Manager – Waste Operations, said: “It is disappointing that some members of the public have abused our recycling sites.

“Fife recycling stations are open on their usual days this week, and recycling sites are being serviced today – the particularly busy were serviced as a priority this morning.

“As always, the council encourages residents to reduce their waste and think carefully about how they dispose of their waste and unwanted items.”

“Fifers must remember that everyone is responsible for their own waste and must dispose of their waste responsibly, either in their curb containers or at a recycling site or center.

“Please help communities by recycling responsibly.

“Only plastic packaging, beverages / food cans, paper / cardboard (where there are rubbish bins) and glass jars and bottles may be handed in at recycling sites.

“If your local recycling center is full, please bring your recycling bin to your nearest nearest place or store it in your car or at home until the bins are emptied.

“Please do not leave recycling on the ground, as this means that municipal employees cannot access recycling bins without manually moving all the material.

“Unfortunately, one problem, especially at this time of year, is the misuse of recycling stations and points.

“It is illegal to dump waste at gates of recycling centers in connection with the closure of public holidays.

“In addition to taking steps to ensure that the sites are kept free, the Council will adopt a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to any such illegal activity and will take steps to identify those who do so.”

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Although recycling sites and recycling centers are extremely busy during December, waste or recycling must not be left outside the bins as it can incur fines of £ 200.

Fines for fly-tipping start at £ 200 but can increase to £ 40,000.

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