Protest against recycling centre closures

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Anger at Angus Council plans to cut recycling centre services in the region boiled over into public protest earlier today (Saturday) in Carnoustie.

A number of residents with placards and protest signs gathered mid morning outside the local authority recycling centre to demonstrate their opposition to Angus Council’s announcement this week that it is considering drastically cutting the number of recycling centres and services available in the region.

Pictured are some of the people who attended the protest outside Carnoustie recycling centre this morning. Photograph courtesy of Save Angus Recycling Centres.

Pictured are some of the people who attended the protest outside Carnoustie recycling centre this morning. Photograph courtesy of Save Angus Recycling Centres.

The council’s Communities Committee will meet on Tuesday, April 12, to discuss a shakeup of the county’s recycling programme, among the proposals recommended for approval are plans to close recycling centres at Carnoustie, Monifieth and Brechin.

Public reaction to the plans has prompted the creation of a Facebook page ‘Save Angus Recycling Centres’ which to date has attracted nearly 1500 ‘Likes’ and the Facebook page OurCarnoustie has also started an online protest which you can sign at https://www.change.org/p/angus-council-don-t-close-angus-recycling-centres

OurCarnoustie has also asked those supporting the retention of recycling centres to tape a cross to their bins.

A spokesperson for OurCarnoustie posted: “Show your support for keeping our recycling facilities in Carnoustie by placing a cross on your bins whichever colour. Let’s see all bins in Carnoustie adorned with crosses.”

They hope that the practice of taping crosses to recycling bins can migrate across Angus to demonstrate the extent of public opposition to these recycling plans.

A further protest has been planned for 1.30pm on Tuesday outside the Town and County Hall in Forfar, prior to the meeting of Angus Council’s communities committee at 2pm.