Council threatens to shut recycling banks after ‘disgusting situation’ at Baljaffray

East Dunbartonshire Council is threatening to remove recycling bank facilities as anger grows over fly-tippers using them as a dumping ground.

The large storage banks for recyclables are commonly found in local car parks.

Local authority boss Thomas Glen said council workers are continually removing litter and waste from the areas.

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One of the worst affected is the site at Baljaffray car park at Bearsden.

Local resident Alex O’Brien got in touch with the Herald over the problem.

He said: “I am writing to ask you to highlight the disgusting situation that 
has been allowed to develop 
at Baljaffray precinct car 

Rubbish is now being dumped every day on a large scale to the detriment of the area. Residents are not happy.”

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He added: “I have contacted the council asking for the facility to be removed but to date there has been no movement.”

Thomas Glen, Depute Chief Executive – Place, Neighbourhood & Corporate Assets at the council, said: “This facility is council-owned and serviced by a third party.

“The collection regime for our local recycling facilities is currently operating as normal.

“Following checks on the facilities last week, it is clear that the banks are not full.

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People are choosing not to take time to put materials in the banks and are using them as a local disposal facility rather than taking material to Mavis Valley Recycling Centre.

“We have been removing litter and waste build up daily in recent months.”

He added: “We are currently considering the removal of the Baljaffray facility, along with other facilities that attract localised dumping.

“The removal would be unfortunate for Baljaffray residents as it has been well-used for many years. We are monitoring the situation.”

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