Fears coun­cil cuts could see re­cy­cling work­ers with spe­cial needs out of a job if pro­pos­als go ahead

The Oban Times - - Community News -

PRO­POSED coun­cil cuts might cost work­ers with spe­cial needs and learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties their liveli­hoods at Kin­tyre Re­cy­cling Lim­ited (KRL).

KRL bosses were shocked to learn dur­ing a meet­ing with Ar­gyll and Bute coun­cil, on Novem­ber 6, that re­cy­cling col­lec­tions might be taken in house, ren­der­ing the Camp­bel­town Glebe Street char­ity op­er­a­tion, which em­ploys 22 peo­ple, sur­plus to re­quire­ments.

Changes to amenity ser­vices are de­tailed in Ar­gyll and Bute’s ser­vices choices con­sul­ta­tion pa­per.

Un­der three pol­icy op­tions, there is a pro­posal to ‘move to a three-weekly col­lec­tion for gen­eral waste but re­tain­ing fort­nightly re­cy­cling col­lec­tions’.

KRL re­ceives £157,000 a year from Ar­gyll and Bute to run its ser­vice and nearly matches that with in­come from sales and other sources.

Direc­tors are un­happy there is no men­tion in the re­port of tak­ing re­cy­cling col­lec­tion ser­vices in­house and re­mov­ing the con­tract from KRL, nor is it men­tioned as a po­ten­tial third sec­tor part­ner.

KRL be­lieves that the cuts, in­tended to save money, will cost the econ­omy of Kin­tyre £280,000, and the em­ploy­ment of many vul­ner­a­ble work­ers.

25_c26re­cy­cle01 SHOCKED: KRL work­ers out­side their new Ben Gul­lion Road premises in Camp­bel­town pur­chased for £41,230 this sum­mer.

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