Staff at Fife’s 11 household waste recycling centres will soon be wearing body cameras to record instances of abuse amid access changes.
The move is part of a number of measures designed to stop commercial misuse of the sites from January, but the safety precautions are coming in early to avoid flashpoints in the run-up to the festive season.
Also being pushed through early are automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) systems, which are being introduced to gather evidence on vehicle usage and are seen as key weapons in the fight against traders trying to avoid paying fees.
Pedestrian access will also be prohibited at recycling centres for safety reasons, but Fife Council has confirmed a month-long trial at Cupar recycling centre will allow pedestrians to book a slot to access the centre.
The trial has been welcomed by Cupar Liberal Democrat councillor Margaret Kennedy, but she expressed disappointment at the “rigidity” of the access proposed.
“I will await with interest the reaction of the community,” she said.
However, St Andrews Liberal Democrat councillor Jane Ann Liston was dismayed to hear there are no such plans for pedestrian provision in St Andrews.
Residents and businesses are being reminded that a new cashless payment system for commercial customers will start on January 3.