Fraserburgh councillor Brian Topping is calling on Aberdeenshire Council to review the opening hours of the main household waste and recycling centre within the town.
Speaking to the Herald, Councillor Topping said: “I have had a number of complaints from residents about the new opening hours for the main household waste recycling point since the standard opening hours came into operation at the end of last year.
“Fraserburgh has one of the busiest recycling centres in the area and while people accept that savings have to be made, the operational hours in place do not currently meet the demand for the service.
“People have attended at the centre with their waste only to find it closed, at other times there are horrendous queues of cars waiting to gain entry.
“Staff have advised me that some people have even left rubbish outside the centre. This is technically fly tipping and something that could lead those responsible being fined. It also results in staff having to clear away dumped bags before they can commence with their actual work which is to help individuals unload, keep runways clear and ensure the smooth running of the centre.”
In order to try an alleviate the problems, councillor Topping believes that some local flexibility would enable the centre to open at times when the demand is greatest without increasing council expenditure.
He continued: “I am currently in discussions with senior officers at Aberdeenshire Council to try and get them to re-allocate the opening hours. At present the centre is open from 9am until 5pm, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, with Tuesday as a late night until 8pm. At the weekend the centre is open from 10am until 5pm.
“Staff who run the centre know when the demand for the facilities is at its greatest and I believe that any changes in operational hours should be made after consultation with them. Perhaps for example, closing earlier on Tuesday but opening earlier at weekends or later on a Friday evening.
“With more emphasis being placed on recycling it makes sense that centres are open when the demand is at its greatest.”
In coming weeks Aberdeenshire Council will encourage people to recycle more to help achieve higher recycling rates as well as budget savings by limiting householders to one wheeled-bin each fortnight, with no excess waste being collected.