Dundee council's closure of their busiest recycling site will force local recyclers to spend almost £500,000 in fuel and running costs, as well as emit 4000 tonnes of CO2, according to the council's own figures.
Friends of the Earth Tayside wants this decision suspended to look at cost implications and the environmental harm caused.
Doug McLaren, Friends of the Earth Tayside, said: "Displaced recyclers in Dundee will be forced to drive one 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' that they currently take to Dundee’s Marchbanks Recycling Centre every year.
"That is what Dundee City Council’s own figures predict will be the outcome of their decision to close the Marchbanks Centre, all for alleged savings of approximately £300,000, a figure which we seriously challenge.
"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.
"Friends of the Earth 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. These concerns are shared by local residents who are campaigning with us to get the decision reversed."
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1. Amended version of the Committee Report recommending the closure of Marchbanks, questioning many of the statements and assumptions contained within it: www.foe-tayside.org.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Mbanks-closure-report-amended_v08.pdf
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