Wednesday, January 27th, 2016
MSP John Finnie is to meet with Argyll & Bute’s infrastructure chief to push for new waste management plan that saves services, jobs and the environment.
The MSP is due to meet with Jim Smith, Argyll and Bute Council’s Head of Road and Amenity Services, on Friday 29 January.
Mr Finnie said the area needed a fundamental change in its approach to waste, employing Zero Waste principles and incorporating existing voluntary and social enterprise initiatives.
He criticised funding threats to projects like Zero Waste Bute, Campbeltown’s Kintyre Recycling Ltd and Islay and Jura’s Re-JIG, and the Council proposal to cut bin collections without improving recycling services.
Mr Finnie said:
“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, Kintyre Recycling and Zero Waste Bute is not an acceptable waste management strategy.
“Intelligent waste strategy is essential for ensuring good services in a time of cuts, ensuring a healthy local and global environment, and protecting waste management jobs.
“We need a fundamental re-think of how we handle waste in Argyll and Bute. By using Zero Waste principles – reducing and reusing waste as well as recycling – and by supporting and incorporating the work of already-successful voluntary initiatives and social enterprises, I think Argyll can do more with less and improve its waste record even in this time of Westminster-imposed cuts.
“I hope in my meeting with Mr Smith we’ll be able to take the first steps towards a new strategy that protects services, jobs and the environment.”
John Finnie has been a Highlands and Islands MSP since 2011 and is the lead Green Party candidate in the forthcoming Scottish election.