Cleaning up

PILES of clothes and other rubbish have created eyesores and health hazards at recycling points in East Renfrewshire.

People have left bags of waste at recycling points, including Clarkston car park and Drumby Crescent, over the weekend.

And local authority staff have struggled to clear the mess.

Mearns resident Stephen Shivas (53) tried to take his plastic rubbish to the recycling point behind Broom shops.

He told The Extra: "It was something out of a war zone — a mountain of rubbish everywhere.

"People should have been less lazy and gone to Greenhags to get rid of their waste — not leave it dumped on the floor there.

"But the council should have had more men out cleaning it up. I spoke to one of the cleansing staff who said it would take another 12 men to clear the mess in a full day's work".

Fellow resident John Wilkie added: "I was down at Clarkston with some things to recycle on Tuesday morning and I was amazed and disgusted to see the complete mess at the recycling point

"If there are problems getting cleansing staff to empty the bins then I am willing to get a brush and shovel myself if someone will give me a hand to tidy it up".

This comes after ERC introduced its new waste uplift scheme last November to encourage residents to recycle.

Independent councillor Ralph Robertson for Netherlee, Stamperland and Williamwood told The Extra: "I fully support recycling and if the bin collection is fortnightly then services must be provided to residents.

"This doesn't look like a recycle centre it looks like a rubbish tip. I know rats have been spotted.

"How do we expect residents to recycle over what is possibly the busiest weekend if the recycle centres are full on December 31 and still not cleared on January 3?".

He added: "If ERC doesn't have resources then it needs to get them as the present situation is completely unacceptable.

"Residents need to play their part in reducing waste that goes to landfill but the council needs to provide the facilities for them to do it".

An ERC spokesman said: "At our local recycling points we discourage residents from dumping anything next to our recycling containers and ask that they take these to the nearest large recycling centre which can easily handle any amount of waste or recycling that's brought there".