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Highlands and Islands Greens
Highlands and Islands Greens

Jura And Islay's Re-Jig “A Model” For A Council-Wide Rethink On Waste, Says Finnie

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

Highlands and Islands MSP John Finnie has called on Argyll and Bute Council to overhaul its waste management strategy, learning from projects like Islay and Jura’s Re-JIG Recycling.

Mr Finnie said the area needed a fundamental change in its approach to waste, incorporating voluntary and third-sector initiatives like Re-JIG, rather than threatening them with cuts.

Mr Finnie said:

“Re-JIG Recycling is a fantastic project, rooted in the local community and in particular its love for Islay and Jura’s incredible beaches. Their passion for protecting the islands’ beauty, reducing landfill and creating sustainable jobs should be a model for the whole of Argyll and Bute.

Argyll and Bute has the sixth-worst recycling rate in Scotland. The Council’s proposal to cut bin collections while doing nothing to provide better alternatives, and threatening cuts to programmes like Re-JIG is not an acceptable waste management strategy.

The Scottish Government’s new Household Recycling Charter, which I hope Argyll and Bute will sign up to, should make recycling easier and  is an opportunity to go right back to the drawing board for a fresh approach to waste.

We need a fundamental re-think of how we handle waste in Argyll and Bute. That means a complete new strategy that prioritises waste reduction, reuse and recycling, seeks opportunities to create rather than cut jobs, and integrates the contribution of third-sector projects like Re-JIG Recycling.”