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Plans in progress to open Aberdeenshire Household Waste Recycling Centres in June


By David Porter

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Steps to reopen recycling centres across the north-east have taken a step forward after Council leaders from across Scotland agreed to plan for the reopening of Household Waste Recycling Centres on June 1.

Household Waste and Recycling Centres in Aberdeenshire could be set to open in June.
Household Waste and Recycling Centres in Aberdeenshire could be set to open in June.

Work continues in drawing up plans to safely reopen sites taking into consideration many different local factors.

The Scottish Government must grant permission to do so and once they have done this, much more detail will be published from Aberdeenshire Council to help guide residents safely through the agreed local arrangements once they are confirmed.

Increasing complaints about fly-tipping have been noted over the weeks as sites have now been closed nationwide since March.

Cosla, which represents all 32 Scottish councils, has agreed that all authorities will aim to be ready to reopen the sites.

However warnings have been issued that the date is a work in progress and may not be met as considerable work still requires to be done to ensure the recycling centres will be safe for both staff and residents.

The reopening of the locations is also dependent on approval from the Scottish Government, who have committed to working with Cosla and councils on the issue.

Cosla’s environment and economy spokesman, Steven Heddle, who sits on Orkney Council, said : "Leaders agreed that the Local Authorities will plan for the reopening of Household Waste Recycling Centres on June 1.

"The reopening of sites depends on receiving assurance that this will not negatively impact the Covid-19 infection rate and will be consistent with national travel advice.

"There will also be local considerations including the need to maintain physical distancing to staff and members of the public which will determine whether and to what extent individual sites will be able to reopen.

"This is to provide a level of coordination across Scotland to avoid a disjointed approach which could lead to confusion and to ensure access is managed."


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