‘No im­pact’ on Ar­gyll as re­cy­cling firm fails

Argyllshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Colin Cameron ed­i­tor@ar­gyll­shiread­ver­tiser.co.uk

Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil has played down the im­pli­ca­tions for re­cy­cling ser­vices af­ter one of its main con­trac­tors called in the ad­min­is­tra­tors.

Green­light En­vi­ron­men­tal is­sued re­dun­dancy no­tices to 109 em­ploy­ees af­ter ef­forts to find a buyer failed.

The com­pany, based in Alexan­dria, West Dun­bar­ton­shire, car­ried out a num­ber of ser­vices un­der con­tract to Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil. These in­cluded glass collection from com­mer­cial premises in Ar­gyll and Bute, do­mes­tic glass collection and collection of co-min­gled re­cy­cled ma­te­rial from coun­cil de­pots in He­lens­burgh and Lomond.

Paul Dou­nis and Steven Ross of RSM Re­struc­tur­ing Ad­vi­sory LLP were ap­pointed joint ad­min­is­tra­tors of Green­light En­vi­ron­men­tal Lim­ited on Au­gust 31.

The ap­point­ment fol­lowed ef­forts to find a buyer to safe­guard the em­ploy­ment of staff and al­low for the on-go­ing ful­fil­ment of con­tracts.

Sev­eral in­ter­ested par­ties came for­ward, with ad­vanced ne­go­ti­a­tions tak­ing place with one po­ten­tial buyer.

The of­fer was, how­ever, later with­drawn and the com­pany placed into ad­min­is­tra­tion, re­sult­ing in the clo­sure of the busi­ness and re­dun­dancy of all em­ploy­ees.

Paul Dou­nis, joint ad­min­is­tra­tor, said: ‘It is with pro­found re­gret that a pur­chaser was un­able to be found which re­sulted in Green­light En­vi­ron­men­tal Lim­ited en­ter­ing ad­min­is­tra­tion and the im­me­di­ate re­dun­dancy of all staff.

‘We are work­ing with lo­cal and na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tions in­clud­ing West Dun­bar­ton­shire Coun­cil, Part­ner­ship Ac­tion for Con­tin­u­ing Em­ploy­ment, the Job Cen­tre and the Re­dun­dancy Pay­ments Ser­vice to sup­port the af­fected em­ploy­ees at this dif­fi­cult time.’

An Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil spokesper­son said: ‘In light of the news about Green­light, we can con­firm we al­ready have al­ter­na­tive plans in place and we do not an­tic­i­pate there will be any im­pact on our refuse collection ser­vice any­where in Ar­gyll and Bute.’

The Ar­gyll­shire Ad­ver­tiser ap­proached sev­eral li­censed premises in Lochgilp­head and Tar­bert to as­sess the im­pact of the col­lapse on glass re­cy­cling ser­vices.

None of the busi­nesses were aware of Green­light’s demise and one li­censee said: ‘We get a glass up­lift once a fort­night and it’s due shortly. We’ll see what hap­pens.’

‘We can con­firm we al­ready have al­ter­na­tive plans in place’

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