DUMB dumpers in Largs have been slammed for leaving general waste strewn in and around a recycling site in the town.

A local councillor hit out at people who leave waste which can't be recycled at the bins in the car park of the town's Morrisons supermarket.

Ian Murdoch said it was "quite clear" what can and can't be recycled at the facility, and urged those taking items to the bins in the car park to use "common sense" if they arrived to find them full.

An member of the public told the News he was shocked by what he saw at the site on the afternoon of May 28.

The reader said: "This is very much a health and safety issue. It should not be happening.

"It is really not the kind of thing that you want to see shoppers being greeted by.

"It is an environmental health issue, and really shouldn't be allowed to happen, especially with all the visitors coming to town over the coming weeks.

Largs and Millport Weekly News:

"I was really shocked to see this. The community is putting in a big effort with various litter campaigns and litter picks, so this is totally unacceptable."

Councillor Murdoch visited the site on Wednesday, May 29, and took further photographs of the mess after being alerted

He said: "It is a recycling centre and not for general waste as far as I know.

"Common sense would tell you, if the bins are full, not to keep cramming stuff in there and leave it behind and making it awash with rubbish. It was never supposed to be a general waste centre. 

"There are groups in the town doing litter picks and running litter campaigns - why go to any recycling centre and dump rubbish? If the bins are full, then take your rubbish home with you.  The same applies to the bins on the shore.

"My concern is that people are now using the Morrisons recycling centre as a general waste dump. That is not what it is there for.

"It is absolutely clear that it is a recycling point, There is a huge sign which has all the details, and tells you quite clearly what can and cannot be placed in them.

"It quite clearly states not to put polystyrene in and it is in there.

Largs and Millport Weekly News:

"There is even a wooden door from a wardrobe which should be going to the coup on the Haylie Brae, not dumped alongside here.

"It's a mess and shouldn't be like that."

North Ayrshire Council's website describes the facility in the Morrisons car park as a 'mixed recycling bank location'.

Recycling points are available for paper, cardboard, plastic containers, glass bottles and jars and food and drink cans.

A North Ayrshire Council spokesperson said: “We have cleared the area and will speak with Morrisons about ongoing arrangements.”