Eyemouth Recycling Centre to close for asbestos removal

Scrap metal sign in a  community recycling centre

Published: Monday, 13th February 2017

We are appealing for residents and businesses to use licensed contractors to remove asbestos after the hazardous material was dumped at Eyemouth Recycling Centre.

The facility will close on Wednesday 22 to Friday 24 February to allow us to safely dispose of the asbestos, which was discovered in a skip on the site.

Asbestos waste cannot be disposed of in a Council bin or recycling centre, with the final bill for us to deal with the substance expected to be a four figure sum.

Councillor David Paterson, Executive Member for Environmental Services

“It is hugely disappointing that someone has acted in such an irresponsible manner by dumping asbestos waste at one of our recycling centres.

“It could not only have proved dangerous to our staff and members of the public, but has now forced Eyemouth Recycling Centre to close for three days, affecting the service the Council provides to the local community.

“I would appeal to those who discover asbestos waste while working or in their homes to contact a licensed contractor, who can deal with it safely.”

Anyone seeking more advice on dealing with asbestos can visit our website.

While Eyemouth Recycling Centre is closed, the nearest alternative facility for residents and businesses is at Duns, or they can use any of the Council’s other recycling centres.

Asbestos

Asbestos can be found in any house or building built before the year 2000 as it was widely used in a variety of building materials.  

If asbestos materials are in good condition, and in a place where they are unlikely to be disturbed, then they should not cause any harm.

It is only when the materials are damaged or disturbed, so that fibres are released, that asbestos can become a danger.

More information is available from HSE