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Borders recycling centre to shut for asbestos removal

Photo: Scottish Borders Council

Borderers are being urged to use licensed contractors to remove asbestos after the material was dumped at Eyemouth Recycling Centre.

The facility will close from Wednesday 22 to Friday 24 February to allow Scottish Borders Council 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 and council bosses say the final bill for dealing with the substance is expected to be a four figure sum.

"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.”

– Cllr David Paterson, SBC’s Executive Member for Environmental Services

While Eyemouth Recycling Centre is closed, the nearest alternative facility for residents and businesses is at Duns.