Don’t close Marchbanks!

Displaced recyclers in Dundee will be forced to drive 1 million miles over the next year, spend almost £500,000 in fuel and running costs and emit over 4000 tonnes CO2, just to do what good citizens should do by responsibly dealing with the 6000 tonnes of “waste”which they currently take to Dundee’s Marchbanks Recycling Centre! Meanwhile dumb dumpers and fly-tippers get off scot free!

That scenario is what Dundee City Council’s own figures predict will be the outcome of their decision to close Dundee’s busiest recycling site, Marchbanks Centre, all for alleged savings of approximately £300,000, a figure which is being seriously challenged by the local Friends of the Earth group.

FoE Tayside predicts lower recycling rates and an increase in fly-tipping as people who would otherwise recycle, decide it’s not worth their time and money to drive across the city. The Council’s decision has been taken without a scrap of consultation, without any research evidence to back up their actions, knowing it will further fail to meet recycling and air quality targets and in the process break many of the environmental regulations designed to benefit our environment!

The environmental group is circulating an amended version of the Committee Report recommending the closure of Marchbanks, questioning many of the statements and assumptions contained within it [see Documents page]. The aim is to persuade Councillors and officials to think again, once they see the hidden costs and unintended consequences of this poorly conceived proposal.