Statement on Fife's Recycling Centres

Ken Gourley, Head of Assets, Transportation and Environment, Fife Council, said: We know that these are extremely challenging times for many of you. Our top priority is ensuring that both local people and our staff are kept safe.

“We’re already working hard to put plans in place, along with Police Scotland, to safely re-open some of our recycling centres, in line with the Scottish Government’s statement.

“We are still finalising and testing these plans, and further details will be available this week. However, what we can say is that a number of measures will be in place when the sites re-open to ensure social distancing and to manage traffic both on the sites, and in the areas surrounding them. These will include restricting the numbers of people on the sites at one time and limiting the range of materials being accepted at the sites.

“Our initial focus will be ensuring that household waste that cannot be stored safely at home can be disposed of.

“We know that this is a difficult time for many and thank local people for continuing to recycle. We know that there will be a high demand for recycling centres when they re-open and residents should continue to use their kerbside bins for as much household waste as possible. Fife Council is picking up all household kerbside waste and recycling bins, and community recycling points continue to be serviced.

“We continue to work in partnership with the Scottish Government and colleagues from other local authorities to ensure plans are consistent with the latest guidelines and the approach is consistent throughout Scotland.

“Council webpages, social media and local press will be updated with details of which  recycling sites will be opening and booking and visiting conditions over the few days in preparation of the first phase of re-openings on 1 June.”