Asbestos-filled landfill landfill used by Glasgow gangs is cleaned up
A flying landfill filled with ASBESTOS that was once located under a bridge along the M8 has been officially cleaned up.
Transport Scotland – which owns the land near Blochairn – moved specialist cleaning crews to the site earlier this week.
An operation to install a permanent barrier around the underground passage is in progress.
A spokesperson for Amey, the company responsible for maintaining the southwestern road network, said: âGood progress has been made in disposing of the hazardous waste and household refuse, which had been deposited under the bridge. M8 Junction 13.
âOnce the site is fully cleared, a permanent barrier is erected and we will continue to monitor the site.
âThe increased vigilance of the Scottish Police, Glasgow City Council and SEPA, who have supported our efforts throughout, will also deter more spills at this site. ”
It is understood that the workers who were enlisted to vacate the place needed specialized PPE to participate in the operation.
An investigation by the Glasgow Times previously found that organized gangs were using the location to dispose of material contaminated with the deadly fibers.
A source who asked to remain anonymous said: âThe site itself is easy to access without being seen.
âThe gangs that dump this waste are doing it illegally and probably on behalf of someone else because it is difficult and expensive to resourcing companies specially trained in handling asbestos.
âBy doing this, they not only put the wider community at risk, but they also put themselves at risk. ”
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Glasgow City Council has since launched a unit dedicated to cracking down on illegal dumping across the city.
Law enforcement officers will be used to work with the public to identify potential sites as “environmental crime scenes” and search for evidence to identify dirty dumps.
Areas of interest for dump trucks will be recorded as officers work to catch the culprits.
Anna Richardson, Head of Sustainability and Carbon Reduction, said: âLocal residents and businesses are seeing what’s going on in their community and this information can lead directly to enforcement action against dump trucks. .
âOur law enforcement officers will make themselves known and visible in areas where dump trucks operate so that we can find out who is committing these damaging environmental crimes.
âWith the cooperation of communities and neighborhoods, we can support those who only care about themselves above the needs of everyone in the city. ”