Flytipping fears after recycling closures

A senior Dundee councillor has called for a review of recycling facilities in the city.

Councillor Ian Borthwick said a number of his constituents had approached him with their concerns since the closure of the Marchbanks site in April.

He said: “I’ve also had anecdotal evidence that there appears to be an increase in dumping in areas like Emmock.”

Mr Borthwick is now writing to the council’s chief executive calling for a review.

He said: “I think it’s important to point out that in no way can we condone this practice of dumping but I think we’ve to analyse what’s happening.

“It seems to me that issues like this might be thought of as relatively unimportant but they are the sort of issues that can cause the most disaffection amongst the electorate.

“I think it’s important that as a council we undertake a review of the present situation to ascertain if there’s anything we can do to reopen Marchbanks or find a compromise.”

The facility was closed as part of the council’s budget plan to save more than £300,000.

However, last night the council’s environment convener Craig Melville said there was no evidence that any flytipping was linked to the closure of Marchbanks.

He said: “I think it would be easy to suggest any sort of incident of flytipping is a result of Marchbanks but the fact is we do get incidents of flytipping year on year.

“In terms of the overall issue we have not taken this decision out of choice but out of necessity. We have had to make approximately £16 million of savings over the two years.”

Mr Melville also warned that the budget saving process could continue for some years and asked for people to be patient.

“When there is any kind of big change it takes a bit of time to get used to it,” he said.

A spokesman for Dundee City Council added: “There has been no evidence of an increase in flytipping in recent weeks and when compared with this time last year there is a slight reduction.”